Guatemala - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.

Last published date: 2020-07-28

Arms and Ammunition

The Guatemalan Ministry of Defense’s Department for the Control of Arms and Munitions (DECAM) enforces a law which virtually prohibits the import of high-powered weapons, as well as a range of military weapons and hardware except for use by the Guatemalan government.

Pharmaceuticals

Pseudoephedrine and any products containing pseudoephedrine are banned from importation or sale within Guatemala as of April 2009.

Food Products

The Technical Directorate of Plant Health of MAGA, (Plant Health), regulates pesticides. The Office of Vegetable Health was established by Government Decree #43-74 and regulates all agriculturally related chemical use by authority of Ministerial Decree 377-90. Plant Health maintains a list of pesticides that are not permitted in Guatemala.  This list is based on standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Codex Alimentarius, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), among others.  All pesticides must be registered with Plant Health.