Costa Rica: Small Insurance Agents Fading Away

The opening of the insurance market and new regulations are threatening the existence of small commercializing companies.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Superintendence of Pensions (Supen) will oversee compliance with new rules regarding insurance brokerage. Such new rules will force companies to implement administrative and control structures for good corporate governance. These structures carry high costs, which can only be covered by large operations, far from the level at which many agents operate.

"Javier Cascante, Pension Superintendent, admitted that there is a transformation process in the environment. Brokers are required to have minimum standards, and regulations do not discriminate between large and small operators. They all have the same responsibilities, they represent INS, and cannot be differentiated. Brokers must have good codes of corporate governance, because they have a relationship with the insurance customer", reported

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Rules to be complied with in order to become an Insurance Broker have been set.

Javier Cascante, director of the Insurance Superintendence , said the new provisions allow the transformation of an insurance agency into an insurance brokerage firm will be more agile and expeditious.

Mapfre-Mundial Starts Selling Insurance in Costa Rica

May 2010

Insurance company Mapfre-Mundial will start selling vehicle insurance this week; its product is called “Póliza Lider” (Spanish for Leader Policy).

It is the first to compete directly with the National Insurance Institute (INS) in the general insurance segment.

“In its first stage, the company will sell through its own sales force and two insurance brokers”, reported

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