Costa Rica: More Services for Exporters to US

Procomer's Miami office will provide support to exporters regarding in situ inspection of fresh produce containers.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

From September, the services provided by Costa Rica's export promotion agency, Procomer, will also include advice in situations when importers fail to pay.

"These two tasks are currently being carried out the Costa Rican National Production Council (CNP) whose Miami operations have been uncertain since the end of June," reports La Nacion on its web portal.

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Costa Rica Closes Agricultural Trade Office in Miami

July 2010

From 31 July the country’s National Production Council (CNP) will close its doors in Miami.

The CNP’s Miami office represented the interests of smaller export companies and organizations with the US importers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Farming Minister, Gloria Abraham, told that, “negotiations are underway to transfer some of the CNP’s functions to Costa Rica's export promotion agency, Procomer,” but recognized the roles of the institutions are somewhat different.

One Stop Shop for Certificates of Origin

July 2011

The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) will centralize the process of control of origin and certifications for all FTAs.

The new rules apply to free trade agreements signed with China, Caricom, the partial one with Venezuela, and the European Union, said Luis Obando from the Chamber of Industries.

Renewal of Export Records with FDA

October 2014

The deadline for food exporters to update their details with the Food and Drug Administration of USA is December 31, 2014.

From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):

Every company which manufactures, processes, packs or holds food for human or animal consumption and export to the United States must renew its registration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the measures included in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The deadline for this adjustment will be from 1 October to 31 December.

Export Processes to be Automated

March 2012

Costa Rica wants to modernize its export procedures by improving the Single Desk for Foreign Trade, starting 2013.

The Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) and the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) are developing the concept of modernizing the Single Desk for Foreign Trade, and expect to go into operation next year.

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