Costa Rica's second vice president, Luis Liberman Ginsburg, unveiled the plans and added that the new buildings to be constructed will house Customs, Immigration and Agriculture offices.
"Another project Liberman considered important to the movement of transit through Central America was the construction of Santa Fe bridge across the San Juan River in Nicaragua. The bridge will connect the Nicaraguan towns of San Carlos and Las Tablillas and is also due to begin next year. The project is funded by $30 million donated by Japan to Nicaragua," writes Laprensa.com.ni.
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".
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.
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