Costa Rica: $40 Million to Modernize Customs

The modernization of the border agencies is essential in order to achieve export goals and consolidate the Customs Union.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

According to the vice-minister for trade, Fernando Ocampo, the government needs to spend $40 million, explaining that, "we can't be competitive when customs process that could take minutes instead take hours".

Prensa Libre reports a statement from the viceminister: "it's not for me to say where this money should come from since this is for the Treasury to decide. However, what I can say is improvements are urgently needed in order to provide a good service".

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Peñas Blancas Improvement Plan Starts

August 2011

The action plan is designed to address the state of emergency that has been declared on the border between Costa Rica and Panama.

A press release from the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade states:

“The five month action plan will involve increasing the number of traffic officers, implementing an electronic collection system for fumigation charges, extending opening hours until midnight, contracting a design for the primary zone, implementing a system of international transit of goods, widening the highway to four lanes, and starting the remodeling of the immigration building. ‘Technological tools exist today that allow us to complete formalities in advance. To promote use of these, and to make the Peñas Blancas border crossing a place to pass through and not to do paperwork, we will establish before the primary zone a checkpoint that will to give priority to exporters who arrive with their paperwork already processed’, said Vice Minister, Fernando Ocampo.

Integrated Border Posts

May 2012

The Intra-regional trade sector is excited about a project to develop an Integrated Control Center at the border crossing between Panama and Costa Rica.

Panama and Costa Rica have agreed to develop a design for an Integrated Control Center (ICC) in the common border of Paso Canoas.

Panama and Costa Rica Establish Measures to Streamline Customs

November 2011

The two countries have taken measures to facilitate trade by streamlining customs and phytosanitary procedures required for trade in goods between them.

A press release from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama states that the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Panama, Ricardo Quijano will travel to Costa Rica on the first of December to meet with Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel Gonzalez.

Urban Planning in Panama

August 2010

The Housing Minister is to invite tenders to develop an land use plan for the whole country.

Panama's vice-minister for housing and land-use planning, Marta Riera de Álvarez, commented that real estate developers will be consulted with the aim of understanding their public service needs in order to carry out construction projects.

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