Cargo Transport: More Disagreement

Arguing that it is not allowed to leave with cargo from the rest of the countries in the region, Costa Rican transporters are protesting at the border between Costa Rica and Panama, and are asking the authorities to apply reciprocal measures.

Friday, July 10, 2020

The discontent of Costa Rican businessmen could hinder the transit of goods in Central America, and although as of midday on July 7 no blockades of cargo transport had been reported, the sector does not rule out extending the protests.

See "Freight Transport at Borders: Endless Problem"

Because of the spread of covid-19, Costa Rica was the first country to impose restrictions on the cargo transport units of the other countries in the region. Given this decision taken unilaterally, the governments applied reciprocal measures.

According to representatives of the Costa Rican Chamber of Unitary Transporters, at present it is Costa Rican units that suffer from restrictions in other Central American countries.

Marjorie Lizano, president of the union, told that "... some 60 transporters are demonstrating in Paso Canoas, because Panamanian customs are applying an agreement with the authorities not to let trucks with a license plate leave if they come with cargo". In the rest of Central America, Tico drivers are also prevented from leaving with loaded trucks.

Lizano added that "... for now, border traffic has not been closed, and if there is no solution to the problem, they could take this measure, since Costa Rica does allow the departure of trucks from other countries with cargo."

The president of the Chamber asks that the Costa Rican authorities apply reciprocal measures, as agreed at the end of May.

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