Cargo Transport: Honduras Replies to Costa Rica

After the Costa Rican government decided to impose several restrictions on heavy transport units entering its territory, the Honduran government decided to grant Costa Rican pilots only 72 hours in the country.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The difficulties affecting intraregional land trade are increasing, since arguing that it is trying to mitigate the spread of covid-19, the Costa Rican presidency decided that as of May 18 only transporters who make direct transit from border to border would enter Costa Rican territory, whose units must be subject to police surveillance.

The business and transport associations in Central America were quick to protest against the measure and put pressure on the Alvarado administration to retract it.

In this context, Costa Rican authorities reported that certain controls were analyzed to be implemented to minimize the risk of infection by covid-19. Among these, it is important to speed up border procedures in order to minimize waiting times for transporters in the border area and to monitor trucks by means of GPS, which allows for the supervision of programmed routes and the time of the transporters in the country.

Given the restrictions, Honduras responded to Costa Rica's unilateral decision, since as of May 25, Costa Rican carriers will only have 72 hours to unload and load the goods.

According to, the decision taken by the Honduran authorities came after the Ministry of Economic Development requested "... to apply the principle of reciprocity to Costa Rica's unilateral decision of May 18."

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