Guatemala is a member of the Central American Dominican Republic United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), and as such it’s incredibly easy to find a port that offers shipping services to Guatemala. Aside from choosing the port you’d like to ship from, the biggest decision that you’ll have to make is your preferred shipping method.
The two major container ports in Guatemala are Puerto Quetzal and the Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla. The first of those two ports is located on the western coast of the country and makes an ideal arrival port for those shipping their used vehicles from Japan. The Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla is located on the eastern coast of Guatemala, south of Belize.
Note: The first four items on the above list will need to be notarized after being inspected by Guatemalan customs.
Used vehicle importers have to pay duties and taxes on used vehicles imported in the country. Taxes/duties range from 1% to 15% of CIF value plus 12% of VAT (Value Added Tax).
Exemption from duties/tax is given to diplomats and member of international missions provided their extension obtaining a diplomatic franchise for shipment release.