Interinstitutional Checkpoints Carried Out at Least 476 Seizures

In 2022, a total of 151,532 inspections were conducted at different checkpoints.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN- During the seven interinstitutional control checkpoints set up throughout the country, 476 seizures were made, according to data from the Superintendence of Tax Administration -SAT.-

The following data correspond to that reported in 2022, with a total of 151,532 inspections:

  • 37,502 in Sanarate, El Progreso
  • 31,268 in Pajapita, San Marcos
  • 30,979 in Patzicía, Chimaltenango
  • 20,645 in Río Dulce, Izabal
  • 18,902 in Pasaco, Jutiapa
  • 12,217 in Entre Ríos, Izabal
  • 19 in Chiquimula, Chiquimula

That year, the Customs Agency of SAT registered 727 cases through the Interinstitutional Council against Contraband and Customs Fraud -Coincon.-

Compared with the first quarter of 2022, regarding interinstitutional actions, a positive result of 372 was reported. During this period, 124 operations were reported, and during the same period but in 2023, the figure increased to 585.

This work resulted in the seizure of more than USD 7.7 million of smuggled goods, representing more than USD 44 million in customs adjustments.

2023 Results

The authorities reported that from January to March 2023, 587 interinstitutional operations were conducted. This represents the result of actions and activities by Coincon.

This amount is distributed in: 

  • Two binational operations
  • 20 raids
  • 24 customs operations and interventions
  • 541 road operations

The seized goods represent a value of USD 1.4 million. This data was shared during Coincon’s 03-2023 ordinary session, in which the results of the public-private actions were described.

The meeting gathered authorities from the Executive Branch and other government agencies. The private sector and the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs also attended. 

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