The Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT ) is a non-profit, private organization founded in 1982 with the purpose of promoting and developing exports of goods and services in Guatemala.
AGEXPORT groups and represents small, medium and large exporting entrepreneurs of Guatemala, in order to support them with services and public policies that help them position themselves and remain in the world market. It also makes strategic alliances with the public and private sectors and the international community, in order to incorporate micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) into the exporting activity.
The corporate vision is “To make Guatemala an exporting country” by promoting the growth of exports, based on competitiveness and in the fact that a small country is highly dependent on foreign trade.
In this way, AGEXPORT works with the following objectives:
- To promote and encourage the development of the country’s exports, diversifying products and markets;
- To provide services that contribute to the development of the exporting sector and motivate the emergence of new entrepreneurs to direct their activities towards the international market;
- To promote the establishment of a national strategy and policy of promoting exports;
- To collaborate with all those institutions engaged in efforts to improve the international trade relationships and tighten the bonds with countries that acquire Guatemalan export products;
- To promote the incorporation of small producers to the export chain, by means of training, technical assistance and marketing, and
- To raise awareness both in the public and private sectors and in cooperation entities, of the benefits of exporting, for the economic and social development of Guatemala.
In order to reach its goals, AGEXPORT is divided into five areas:
- General Direction
- Competitivity and Market Access Division
- Services for the Exporter División
- Development División
- Other Programs in Public-Private Alliances
Directs the different departments within the institution, so that they perform their duties with the highest efficiency and have the necessary Resources to achieve their intended objectives. It is the liaison between the General Board of Directors and the managers of the committees, to communicate, coordinate and support the activities or programs which benefit the different sectors and are oriented according with objectives and policies of the institution, on behalf of the partners. To elaborate, develop and execute those plans and strategies to improve the exporting sector.
The exporting sectors are three:
1. Agriculture and fisheries
Each composed of the following committees:
Agriculture and Fishing Sector
The non-traditional agriculture sector is one of the most important pillars of the Guatemalan economy. The exports come in a 67% from the rural areas and more than 600 thousand Jobs have been generated, according to estimates from the many committees of the sector.
It is comprised of:
Commission of Peas and Vegetables
Commission of Fruits
Commission of Ornamental Plants, Foliage and Flowers
Commission of Differentiated Products
Commission of Fisheries and Aquaculture
The manufacture exporting sector generates about three hundred thousand direct Jobs and one million seventy five thousand indirect ones. In 2013 the manufacturing sector exported US$ 4,035 million dollars, and the main export markets are: Central America, the Caribbean, the United States and México.
It is comprised of:
Commission of Food and Beverages
Commission of Plastics
Commission of Handicrafts
Commission of Furniture and Forest Products
Commission of Diverse Manufactures
Commission of Clothing and Textiles
The Services exporting sector is comprised of legally registered and internationally projected companies, which provide services under any one of the four modes of export of services and intangible products recognized by the WTO.
The Sector aims to facilitate the internationalization of service firms, generating business opportunities, knowledge transfer and technology. Among the benefits that the sector provides, we find the creation of opportunities to generate a greater impact in target markets, the support for the generation of skilled labor with a vocation to the sector and the representation of business interests with public, private and international organizations.
It is comprised of:
- Commission of Sustainable Tourism
- Commission of Health and Wellness Tourism
- Commission of Laboratories
- Commission of IT & BPO.
Integrated Exporting Services SIEX
SIEX is a Group of 94 companies, organized in sectors, which serves the Guatemalan entrepreneur, with services which are essential for its productive and marketing processes, both at a national and at an international level, concentrating a representative group of advisers that solve the different needs that they encounter.
Development of Competitiveness and Market Access Division
It manages public policies that support a business climate, which is favorable the growth of exports and helps solve problems hindering exports.
- Encourage competitivity of the exports;
- Represents the interests of the exporters facing the public and private sectors;
- Negociate the Access of the products to international markets, and
- Manages and influences to créate and maintain a favorable policy on exports.
The services it provides are:
- solving problems of the exporters, linked to State entities.
- Act early to anticípate problems for exporters.
- Participate, representing the exporters in international trade negotiations, and
- Influence, so that the macroeconomical policies (Exchange rate, fiscal, customs, etc.) support the exports.
Division of Services for the Exporter
This arrea’s main goal is the attention of the needs of the exporting company, through the following departments:
Promotion and Trade Information
Helps the entrepreneur with the use of the appropriate promotion tools, to venture into the ideal markets and achieve an adequate permanence in them, through the organization of local conventions, international fairs and trade missions.
Another of the services that Promotion and Trade Information provides is Infoexport, which is the best instruments available, of Market intelligence, for the adequate decision taking, on the topics of products and markets. It provides the exporter information on trade trends, product demands and any other input that facilitates him/her the Access to international markets.
School of Exterior Trade
Programs that provide services in the areas of training, has become the center of knowledge and experience transfer in Exterior Trade, through human Resources development services in the companies, based on the experiences of successful exporters and the use of practices and innovative methodologies that help develop the skills and the competitiveness of the export sector.
Division of Development
Promotes programs and projects for the development of the rural areas in Guatemala, through the impulse of participation of small and medium enterprises in exporting activities and the strengthening of the sectors, represented within the Institution. One of the successful models is the Program of Business Chains, which links small producers of the rural area with local and international buyers.
AGEXPORT manages Resources with the International Cooperation agencies that coincide with the rural development objectives and the poverty eradication, through support programs, to develop the skills of the MSMEs.
Other Programs in Public – Private Alliance
We work tightly with public and private entities, to provide efficient services that the exporter needs, in order to compete successfully in the international market. These are:
Single Window for Exports (VUPE in Spanish)
Facilitates the export formalities and procedures, electronically and from the facilities of the Company. This Service is provided 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. It works in partnership with the Ministry of Economy.
Agile Import Window (VAI in Spanish)
The VAI is administered through a strategic alliance between the public and private sectors, in order to facilitate imports and transits in the country. This electronic platform helps reduce processing times, benefiting importers.
Office of Active Perfecting Regimes (OPA)
Processes basic information to control, simplify and streamline customs operations and import and export of goods made by companies qualified under Decree 29-89, Law of Development of the Export Activity and Maquila of the Congress of the Republic. It works in alliance with the Ministry of Economy and the Tax Authority.
Comprehensive Program for Agricultural and Environmental Protection (PIPAA)
Responsible for ensuring that all agricultural products meet safety and plant health standards, required by customers abroad. It works in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Council of International Transport Users of Guatemala (CUTRIGUA in Spanish)
Ensures the competitiveness of international freight in all modes (air, sea and land). Performs various activities relating to: facilitation, security, rate negotiation and analysis of transport legislation. Advises companies to negotiate the best conditions of transport, as well as being recognized by institutions and private companies, government and international entities.
Commercial Program of Attachés of Investment and Tourism –PACIT (in Spanish)
Promotes exports, investment and trade liberalization, offering support services for international marketing activities of Guatemalan companies. It has commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Dominican Republic. This program works in alliance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy and the private sector.
15 Avenida 14-72, zona 13
Guatemala City, Guatemala,
7ª. Calle 29-25, Zona 3,
Phone: (502) 7763-5412
Fax: (502) 7763-5413