Costa Rica: Daily Losses of $ 6.5 million

Temporary closing of highways to port of Caldera and Inter-American Highway to the north are negatively impacting on commerce and trade with the region.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Betsabe Alvarez, of the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco), said to Nacion.com that the sectors most affected by the closing of the highways are agricultural and dairy products. She added “Exporters are canceling orders as well as sending trucks and containers. They are also in talks with their customers."

The industrial sector has also felt the effects.



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