Bureaucracy Is The Enemy of Regional Commerce

In Costa Rica, an action of unconstitutionality filed almost three years ago is preventing the construction of a customs post on the border with Nicaragua, which would allow cargo transportation to be spared a distance of 160 kilometers.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Although the government has the $12 million needed for the final construction of the border post, where a temporary container has operated since 2013, the unconstitutionality action filed by the environmentalist Alvaro Sagot, is preventing the project from progressing.

The environmentalist argued in his suit that the area is a protected wild area, and that to be able to build the building, the law requires a study of land change and the delivery of a similar area in compensation, things that have not been done.

The need for a modern and efficient border post is undeniable for the commercial land transfer between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, since it would shorten transport times, but it would also speed up the passage of people and benefit the economy of the area.

"... The mayor of Los Chiles, Jacobo Guillen, criticized the fact that the unconstitutionality action was put forward by someone who is not aware of either the needs nor the social status of this canton. He said that the entry of all types of merchandise through the border post needs to be encouraged, because that will bring benefits to Los Chiles."

Nacion.com reports that "...The General Directorate of Customs responded, through the press office of the Ministry of Finance, that the volume of exports from Costa Rica through this border post rose from 880,574 kilos in 2016 to 4,078 kilos. 480 kilos in 2017 Costa Rica exported fertilizers, insecticides and vegetable tanning extracts from this border post, as the main sales in 2017, according to the information provided by Customs."

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On the Nicaraguan side everything is ready for cargo transported to and from the port of Limon to save 160 kilometers, through the customs post of Las Tablillas, but endless red tape is preventing works from starting in Costa Rica.

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The Nicaraguan side is all ready for cargo transported to and from the port of Limón to save 250 kilometers, but the poor condition of a section of road in Costa Rica is preventing it.

The idea for the construction of the bridge over the San Juan River within the territory of Nicaragua, was to speed up freight between that country and the ports in Limon, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

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The border post to be opened by the government of Costa Rica in early 2015 in Las Tablillas will be used temporarily, until the permanent post has been built.

The border post is located in the north of Costa Rica, in an area near the bridge built by the Nicaraguan government in the San Juan area.

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