Speeding up Customs Formalities in Limón

Use of the Online Technical Notes Foreign Trade System has contributed to the automation that TICA promotes.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The system focuses the different export processes on a single IT platform, facilitating and making completion of the formalities by exporters and customs agencies more flexible.

Leticia Vindas wrote in the El Financiero website: "By the same token, it will help public entities so that they can offer their approval more quickly, so that data can be transmitted to the respective customs departure office and those associated with the Single Customs Declaration (DUA )."

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Hardware that supports the IT system for Customs Control does not have sufficient capacity to manage the volume of information to be processed.

The Information Technology System for Customs Control (TIC @) has become "a victim of its own success."

Elfinancierocr.com reports that "The TIC @ system was born in 2005 as one of the spearheads in digitizing procedures that have spread to other branches of government affairs, even causing its main promoter Alicia Avendaño to be given the title Technical Secretariat of Digital Government. The amount of paperwork that manages has become a burden for its operation, which suffers much interruptions, to growing frustration of its users. "

Costa Rica: Advantages of Digital Customs

February 2012

The system came into operation in 2005 and by 2007 all customs offices were integrated into it, reducing the average time of procedures from 48 hours 20 minutes.

Operators feel that the system is "a wonder" and note that "customs offices in the interior no longer have long lines or people offering to streamline procedures informally (known as “gavilanes” in Spanish).

Costa Rica: Free Zones to Start Using TICA

February 2010

The first zones to use the TICA system (Customs Control Information Technology) will be those using the Santamaría customs office.

Located at International Airport Juan Santamaría, this customs office handles 75% of all commercial transactions originated at Free Zones.

“The remaining zones will be included in the system by the end of April, stated Desiderio Soto, director of the Customs Authority”, reported Nacion.com.

Costa Rica's new export system delayed

May 2008

Implementation of Costa Rica's system of Information Technology for Customs Control (TICA) has been postponed for a month.

Deputy Finance Minister Jenny Phillips said that the system will now begin to operate June 16 in the port of Limon. TICA aims to cut the red tape that is holding back Costa Rica's exports by automating processes.

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