Getting Started

Visit the export.gov page on Guatemala (http://export.gov/guatemala/) to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

The Library Includes:

  • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides)
  • Industry Overviews*
  • Market Updates*
  • Multilateral Development Bank Reports*
  • Best Markets*
  • Industry/Regional Reports*

Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Guatemala. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You: http://export.gov/eac/index.asp

Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala (www.amchamguate.com).

Make use of business matchmaking services

Investing in Guatemala

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Guatemala.

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Guatemala, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Visit Guatemalan resources, such as PRONACOM (Programa Nacional de Competetividad – www.pronacom.org)
  • Contact local U.S. business support organizations, such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala (www.amchamguate.com)
  • Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page (search U.S. Embassy Guatemala from your Facebook account or access our page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Embassy-Guatemala/90293542586?v=wall&viewas=0) or Twitter feed.

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Guatemala, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Guatemala, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
  • Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page (search U.S. Embassy Guatemala from your Facebook account or access our page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Embassy-Guatemala/90293542586?v=wall&viewas=0) or Twitter feed.

Working in Guatemala

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit or work in Guatemala, visit the “Traveling or Residing in Guatemala” section on the U.S. Embassy website.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Guatemala.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found here: http://www.fcpa.us/

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions, which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.