Cargo Transport: Nicaragua Closes Border

After Costa Rica, with the intention of mitigating the spread of the covid-19, decreed restrictions on cargo transport units entering its territory, the Nicaraguan government ordered the closure of the Peñas Blancas border post.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Costa Rican presidency announced that, as of 18 May, only transporters carrying out direct border-crossing will enter Costa Rican territory, and their units will be subject to police surveillance.

According to Costa Rican health authorities, the entry of transporters will be limited and only those who will transit internally will be allowed: This carrier and its cargo will be guarded by police authorities through trailers to the southern border, thus ensuring traceability and preventing contagion, since only one stop is allowed.

These measures were not well received by the Nicaraguan government and in response to the restrictions decreed in Costa Rica, they decided to make a total closure at their border post.

Rodrigo Chaves, the finance minister, explained to Nación.com that "... the Nicaraguan customs administrator at that border point told his counterpart at the Costa Rican customs office 'that they will not allow anything to pass through that post to Nicaragua or Costa Rica."

For Mario Montero, vice-president of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia), the Costa Rican government made a technical closure, since "... it did not close the border to the cargo, but in practice what it did was a closure, a measure that should have been the last option after analyzing protocols for managing health risk."

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