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Transporting Cargo to Guatemala
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Guatemala is a Central American country that sits between Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the south. As the most populated country in Central America, Guatemala sees a high demand for imported goods from other countries, particularly the US/Canada. At Promptus LLC, we help coordinate transportation of goods and merchandise via land, air, sea, or a combination of all three. Our team can help you whether you are looking to transport an FCL (full container load) or LCL (less than load) shipments to/from Guatemala.

Main Ports and Airports in Guatemala


  • Port of Champerico
  • Puerto Barrios
  • Puerto Quetzal
  • Port of San Jose
  • Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla

Puerto Quetzal is the country’s largest port, funneling most of the goods coming in and out of Guatemala. It sits on the Pacific Ocean and plays a significant role in both cargo traffic and cruise liner stop-offs. It sits alongside the Port of San Jose, which was initially the main Pacific port for Guatemalan sea traffic. Puerto Barrios is the principal seaport on the Caribbean Sea side.


There are about 25 airports in Guatemala, most of which only serve domestic flights throughout the country. The following airport handles international cargo:

  • La Aurora International Airport

Import/Export Data Between US/Canada & Guatemala

Guatemala’s export economy is the 80th largest in the world, and it ranks as the US’ 43rd largest trading partner. In 2017, the import/export trade grossed over $10.9B between Guatemala and the United States.

In 2017, the United States ranked Guatemala as the 35th largest importer of US goods generating $6.9B, an 18.2% increase since 2016. The top categories businesses have exported to Guatemala from the US/Canada include:

  • Mineral fuels
  • Pharmaceutical and medical supplies for emergency relief
  • Machinery
  • Electrical appliances and machinery
  • Cereals

The US imported from Guatemala around $4B worth of goods in 2017, ranking Guatemala as the 53rd largest supplier of US imported goods. Since 2007, imports have gone up 32.7%. Top items imported from Guatemala include:

  • Edible fruit and nuts, such as bananas and plantains
  • Knit and woven apparel
  • Coffee, tea, and spices
  • Precious metals and stones, such as silver and gold

How Much Does It Cost to Arrange Transport To/From Guatemala

Promptus, LLC is stationed in South Florida where we help coordinate shipments from all over the US and Canada. Whether you are looking to import goods from Guatemala or transport merchandise into one of their air or seaports, Promptus is here to help! In addition to helping with ocean shipping, we can offer warehousing and distribution services, and even set you up with a Licensed Customs Broker to help sort through CBP paperwork. Contact us at 1-877-776-6799 to learn more about our freight forwarding services today!

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