GUYANA

Logistic and forwarding services in Guyana

Guyana

Capital City
Georgetown

Population
778’000

National languages
English

Currency
Guyana-Dollar (GYD)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 3 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 3872

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 0.9 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0.04 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Guyana

Relations between Switzerland and Guyana are good, but not very intensive. Switzerland’s involvement in debt relief in Guyana is worth noting.

Economic cooperation

In 2015 Switzerland imported goods worth just CHF 0.09 million, primarily agricultural products. Exports to Guyana amounted to CHF 1,91 million and consisted of metal and machinery.

 

Business language

English.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

1 Guyana Dollar (G$) = 100 Cents.
ISO code: GYD

Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the transaction value.

Import control

There are generally no import licences, only for a small number of exceptions (foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, fertilisers, sending and receiving devices, weapons and munitions). The licence is usually valid for 7 months. The goods have to arrive in Guyana within this period. The competent authorities for the issuance of licences is the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Health, etc. The investment promotion company GOINVEST can provide information on the import licences.
Concluding transport insurance is advisable (possible in the country of dispatch) so the delivery can be on a CIF basis.
Standard VAT rate: 16%

Pre-shipment inspection

Imports are subject to controls from USD 2.500. The certificate number must be communicated to the shipping or air freight agents before loading.

Terms of payment and tenders

Tenders in English; prices in Pound Sterling, USD or EUR CIF Georgetown. Irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit. Payment term 90-180 days. Where possible, check the client’s credit or request a bank guarantee.

Designations of origin

Standard labelling of the country of origin (e.g. Made in FRG, “Made in …”). Indication of the country of origin on the commercial invoice.

Marking/labelling

Standard marking with an indication of the country of origin. Packages must have consecutive numbering. The Guyanan authority GNBS is responsible for the labelling regulations. Special regulations apply to goods including electronic devices, cosmetics, foods, chemicals, toys, clothing, medicines.

Packaging

Stable, seaworthy packaging. Protection against moisture. Imprint of the country of origin.

Product samples

Samples with no retail value = duty free.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies, English, uncertified, standard information including name, address of the seller/buyer, invoice data, invoice number, job number, payment terms, weights, country of origin. At the of the CARICOM invoice template the following declaration must be made: “It is hereby certified that this invoice shows the actual price of the goods described, that no other invoice has been or will be issued and that all particulars are true and correct”. Note: if goods are sent from Swiss which are not of Swiss origin, the following declaration must also be added and the commercial invoices must be certified: “We hereby certify that the a/m goods have been manufactured in the country declared and were supported by the manufacturers invoice showing the value and origin of the goods at the time they were purchased and the value shown is not less than that on the manufacturers invoice” (signature – no photocopies), use of the ECE template recommended.

b) Certificates of origin are not required.

c) Proof of preferential status:

EUR.1 (issued by the customs office), declaration of origin on the invoice

– for each exporter up to a value of EUR 6.000

– “Authorised exporters” – no limit

Wording of the declaration of origin: “The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorization No …) (1) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of … (2) preferential origin”. If the declaration on the invoice is made by an authorised exporter, the permit number of the authorised exporter should be entered under (1). If the declaration on the invoice is not made by an authorised exporter, the words in brackets can be left out or the gap left empty. (2) The origin of the products must be indicated. If the statement on the invoice relates in full or in part to products originating in Ceuta and Melilla, the exporter must make the short description “CM” clearly visible.

d) Bills of lading without certification. Order bills of lading with a notify address are permissible.

e) Postal shipments: maximum weight 20 kg, 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declaration (English), 1 commercial invoice must be included in the package.