The exportation of goods from Guyana is governed by specific trade laws, regulations, and procedures administered by the Customs and Trade Administration Division. With the adoption of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, the dynamics of doing business with Customs has changed.
The guidelines that follow are intended to help individuals, importers, consignees, exporters, consignors, Customhouse Brokers, Agents, Organizations, business entities, and other stakeholders who are integral in the export sector.
What procedures must I follow to successfully export items from Guyana?
Businesses desirous of exporting must first contact the Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest). Once, all requirements have been met through the agency, the following Customs procedures will apply:
Scanning of Container Cargo for exports
- The container scanning facility operates during 8:00 h to 16:30 h, Monday’s to Thursdays and 8:00h to 15:30 hours on Fridays. Customs may go beyond regular hours based on the demand. A booking system is in place to ensure containers are scanned according to schedule.
- Containers arrive at the facility’s southern gate. The exporter presents the scanning letter and other documents to the Scanning Operator. The operator double checks the information before signaling the Scanning Specialist.
- Before the start of scanning, the Scanning Operator ensures the area is clear. The Scanning Specialist, switches on device’s radioactive source which sounds an alarm to alerts those in the terminal that scanning is in progress.
- The container takes approximately two minutes to scan and another three minutes for analysis. The analysis is done using the software tools provided by NUCTECH. Once there are no queries,, the container is released at the eastern gate.
- All cargo leaving port Georgetown must be evaluated by the GRA’s Drug Enforcement Unit (GEU).