Cargo Transport: Costa Rica Tightens Restrictions

In order to mitigate the spread of the covid-19, the government decided that as of May 18, only transporters that make direct transit from border to border will enter Costa Rican territory, whose units must be subject to police surveillance.

Monday, May 18, 2020

On 15 May, President Carlos Alvarado issued two decrees aimed at keeping the number of foreign transporters in the country as low as possible, reported the Costa Rican presidency.

The first decree (No. 42350-MGP-S) on migratory health measures with respect to the international transport of goods, was signed by the president with the ministers of Public Security, the Interior and Police, Michael Soto, and Health, Daniel Salas. The second (No. 42351-H) was signed by President Alvarado with Finance Minister Rodrigo Chaves. Amendment to Decree No. 10529-H on primary and secondary customs areas in Peñas Blancas and Paso Canoas.

The Minister of Public Security, Government and Police, Michael Soto, explained that "... the entry of transporters will be limited and only those who will transit internally will be allowed: 'This transporter and its cargo will be safeguarded by police authorities through caravans to the southern border, and thus guarantee its traceability and prevent contamination, because only one stop is allowed."

The official statement says that "... Likewise, in order to guarantee imports and exports, different strategies were defined in inter-institutional coordination that allow the entry of goods under three modalities:

-Release. The driver locates the transport unit in the primary zone, either this import or export load in order to separate its head from its load/container.
-Hitching. A carrier hooks that load/container to its head and moves the goods, either to the national territory or to the Central American region.
-Relief. Disinfection/deep cleaning of the head must be guaranteed before the new driver occupies it.

Minister Soto Rojas also explained that in all cases the foreign driver must remain exclusively within the primary zone of the land border posts, 'so that the entry of goods into the country is not affected, and the companies can coordinate with the corresponding authorities their removal.
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