Non-tariff barriers include procedural obstacles and inefficiencies in the trade-related business environment. Historically, agencies in Guyana had overlapping functions which increased the cost of doing business.
Firms seeking to import products into Guyana are required to register with the (GRA) with a Tax Identification Number and receive an import license for the Ministry of Tourism, Industry, and Commerce.
Applications for import licenses for some products require the prior clearance of other government agencies, significantly increasing the time required for approvals. GOINVEST assists in guidance on relevant government agencies and required licenses. Depending on the item, it may require approval from the Ministry of Health and the GA-FDD. The GA-FDD is under the Ministry of Health. GAFDD’s role includes addressing safety and trade related issues for food, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices stated under the Food and Drug Act of 1971. The Ministry of Home Affairs’ and the Commissioner of Police’s approval is required for the importation of firearms. While navigating the processes may be time consuming and cumbersome, a local partner or a customs broker may provide some assistance and save some time.
Guyana charges an excise tax on consumable goods, including alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, petroleum products and motor vehicles. Items which attract excise tax are subjected to a 14 percent VAT.
The GRA has implemented the ASYCUDA World (AW) program, an integrated customs management system which intends to modernize manifests, customs declarations, accounting procedures. Transforming GRA to allow for trade facilitation standardization aligned with international best practices will result in faster clearance times and lower transaction costs.
Customs and Trade Administration
200-201 Camp Street
Tel: +592-227-6060, +592-227-8222, +592-226-5555, +592-225-6931
University of Guyana Turkeyen Campus
Tel: +592-222-8856, +592-222-8860, +592-222-8859