Costa Rica's new export system delayed

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

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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.
Phillips said the system is ready but some exporters said they needed more time to get used to it and clear up doubts.

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