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Doing Business In Guatemala

The Country Commercial Guide provides a useful starting point for U.S. businesses pursuing export and investment opportunities in Guatemala.

Guatemala is the northernmost country in Central America with Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Famed for its volcanoes, lakes, textiles, Mayan ruins, and temperate climate in the highlands, Guatemala is the gateway to a large regional market for U.S. goods and services.

The United States and Guatemala have long enjoyed a largely positive working relationship, both politically and economically. Despite this relationship, the country has often been beset with problems. A combination of economic stagnation, weak governance, and insecurity continues to be a major challenge. The recent surge in migration to the United States and Mexico from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala is just one product of Central America’s inability to find solutions to the challenges the region faces. Current efforts by Central American governments, United States, and other regional governments have proven insufficient to achieve meaningful progress in addressing these challenges. Absent significant progress, security may deteriorate, institutions will not be able to provide services to their citizens, millions will remain in poverty, and political instability may grow.

With a population of around 16 million, it is the most populous country in Central America and accounts for more than one-third of the region’s GDP. The capital, Guatemala City, has a population of approximately 4 million and features first-class hotels and restaurants.


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