Belize quietly formalizing Southern border crossing with Guatemala

Posted:Saturday, March 4, 2017. 1:37 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize government is quietly establishing its presence at the Jalacte/Santa Cruz border crossing.

Jalacte is a village on Belize’s side of the border and Santa Cruz is on the Guatemalan side.

Villagers have long been traversing the area freely, ‘exporting’ agricultural products to Guatemala and importing consumer goods into Belize. Recently, though, Belize set up an “agricultural outreach station” that is managed by the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) with intent to support the export of agricultural goods, particularly cattle, into Guatemala.

Senior officers from the Immigration Department recently held a retreat in the Toledo district and visited the Jalacte/Santa Cruz border crossing. BBN understands that the Immigration and Customs department are discussing plans to make this area a formal border crossing.

However, according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, George Lovell, Government is not formalizing the border crossing as yet. Before that can be done he says there must be a mutual agreement between Belize and Guatemala.

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