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Pacheco Coto’s International Trade and Customs team understands that the world of International Trade is constantly changing. There are many national and international laws and regulations that must be followed and those very same statutes are continuously being modified. In addition, government negotiation and ratification of multilateral, regional or bilateral trade agreements also has significant impact on the rules governing international trade. For this reason, we believe that our clients must be well-prepared to face the natural dynamism of the industry and fully understand how companies involved in global trade may be affected.

In this scenario, our International Trade and Customs group assists clients to set up a successful and practical business, according to our client’s specific needs and objectives, in compliance with national and international regulations applicable to global commerce, in order to take advantage of lucrative opportunities and the benefits of engaging in international trade.

Our team will provide our clients exceptional support in order to make well-informed business decisions to protect their valuable assets, manage possible risks, and reduce or eliminate barriers to market access for goods and services under existing international trade agreements. Furthermore, our advice is aimed at taking better market-oriented decisions, to increase productivity.
Our attorneys advise on the complex customs procedures of Central America and have actively participated in international treaty drafting and treaty implementation. Moreover, they have held prestigious offices in Customs and Trade institutions of Switzerland and Central America.  Among the services offered by the Division are:

•    Trade Compliance
•    Trade and Customs Procedures
•    Customs Requirements and Preferential Regimes
•    Advisory on the application of Preferential Treaties, Preferential Duties and Duty Exemptions
•    Application of Quotas and Contingents
•    Obstacles to Trade and Sanitary and Phitosanitary Measures (TBT and SPS)
•    Market Intelligence (identifying competitors by product and market strategies and new markets)
•    Risk Assessments
•    Free Trade Zone compliance assessments
•    Litigation before customs administration, Tax Ministry, tribunals, criminal offenses related to trade and customs matters
•    WTO litigation with specific-industry impact and arbitral litigation
•    Trade remedies, anti-dumping measures and countervailing duties
•    Capacity building

Customs and Trade Litigation:

Our practice includes leading lawyers in trade and customs litigation that support our clients in the implementation of measures to ensure avoidance of entanglement in litigation disputes. If a dispute arises, our client will have sufficient resources to reach a prompt and successful resolution, thus avoiding large-scale litigation. If inevitable, the top litigation expertise and procedures are implemented.


Martin Barillas Aragon
Senior Associate
Guatema City, Guatemala
Enma Hernández M.
Senior Associate
San Salvador, El Salvador
Jose A. Martinez L.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Juan Andres Nava
Of Counsel
San Jose, Costa Rica
Carolina Palma V.
Senior Associate
San Jose, Costa Rica


Costa Rica
Contact: Alejandro Antillón A., Managing Partner Pacheco Coto Building Forum 2, Santa Ana San José COSTA RICA
Phone: +506 2505-0900
El Salvador
Contact: Monica P. Machuca, Senior Associate Calle El Mirador y 93 Avenida Norte No. 4814, Edificio Vittoria, 5to Nivel Colonia Escalón San Salvador EL SALVADOR
Phone: +503 2528-3500
Contact: Ruby Asturias C., Partner 3ª. Ave. 13-78 Z.10 Edificio Intercontinental Plaza, Torre Citigroup, Penthouse Norte, Nivel 17 Of. 1702 Ciudad de Guatemala GUATEMALA
Phone: +502 2415-6700
Contact: Minerva Bellorín, Partner Alonso Porras, Partner Colonial Los Robles, V Etapa. No. 26 Plaza El Sol 2c. al Sur y 1c. al Este Managua NICARAGUA
Phone: +505 2270-5186
Contact: Ricardo Rosa Clamer, Partner Centro Corporativo Los Próceres Torre LAFISE, Nivel 11 Oficina 11-4 Tegucigalpa HONDURAS
Phone: +504 2221-7031
Contact: René Dechamps, Partner C/ Monte Esquinza 26- 2º- dcha. Madrid 28010 SPAIN
Phone: +34 91 319 1682
Switzerland - Zürich
Contact: Cyril Escher, MBD MMG Zürich Building, Löwenstrasse 40 CH-8021 Zürich SWITZERLAND
Phone: +41 43 843 9892
New Zealand
18 Stanley Street, Level 3 Auckland 1010 NEW ZEALAND
Phone: +64 9 300 5101
Switzerland - Geneve
Contact: Geoffrey Cone, Partner 25 Grand Rue Ground Floor Vieille Ville CH-1204 Geneve SWITZERLAND
Phone: +41 22 566 2600
Hong Kong
Contact: Henning Schwarzkopf, MCL., Partner Room 1104, Crawford House 70 Queen's Road Central Central, Hong
Phone: +852 2961 4245

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