Guatemalan Exporters of Agricultural Products Call on Maritime Shipping Lines and on Airlines to Help to Improve Guatemala’s Rural Competitiveness and Prevent Migration to The United States

More than hundreds of thousands of producers of fresh and frozen agriculture products in rural Guatemala rely on the income generated from exports to markets like the United States. Yet, with the COVID-19 pandemic, strong competition from other countries, climate challenges and ever increasing maritime and air freight shipping costs, the income of thousands of agriculture families are at risk, putting thousands of jobs at stake and leaving migration to the United States as the only solution for producers in rural areas to obtain the income and economic viability to support their families.