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.
Next week work will begin on expanding the access road to the border of Peñas Blancas to four lanes.
The Ministry of Foreign Trade reported that the works, worth $1 million, will be completed in the first half of the year. In parallel, remodeling will be done to the border post and a new fumigation arc installed for trucks and vehicles.
The decision by the constitutional court requires either infrastructure improvements or a new premises and was positively received by the private sector.
The Treasury Department has announced that it has opted for leasing a new building in which to transfer the facilities, "to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, without affecting the customs operation or the requirements of its customers".
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