Costa Rican importers avoid Limón ports

The "work to rule" tactics and other measures used by employees of the Caribbean ports of Limón have caused importers to move their unloads to Pacific ports.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

At times of major crisis, some companies also choose to move their export products through the port of Pacific port of Caldera, near Puntarenas, even though they are destined for Europe.
Due to the risks associated with unloading at Limón or Moín, grain importers and others pay the extra cost of shipping through the Panama Canal to Caldera.
On average, three ships per month arrive in Costa Rica from the Port of New Orleans with corn, soybeans and wheat.



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Costa Rica: 21% Increase in Port Rates Requested

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The Board of the Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic (Japdeva) submitted the application to the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep), who must decide whether it supports the increase. The process could last about 75 days.

Indefinite Strike at Costa Rican Ports

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Workers from Japdeva have paralyzed port operations in Limón and Moín due to labor demands.

This measure taken by Japdeva, the state port administration entity, has prevented serving fruit cargo ships, and the arrival of a cruise ship.

Liroy Pérez, press secretary from the Japdeva Workers Union, stated that "port workers are striking due to unmet salary commitments, as there are two wage adjustments still pending", reports local newspaper La Prensa Libre.

Costa Rica's Port Moín Operating Normally

October 2009

Despite a strike by Japdeva's dockworkers, private longshoreman from shipping companies are taking care of port operations.

The story is quite different at Port Limón, however, as all operations remain paralyzed.

Nacion.com reports: "... Japdeva authorities and union representatives are expected to meet today to find a solution to the strike, which has caused losses for $7.3 million and damaged tourism, as a cruise ship could not dock".

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