Costa Rica: 21% Increase in Port Rates Requested

Japdeva has requested an increase of 21% in rates at ports of Limon and Moin in the Costa Rican Caribbean.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Board of the Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic (Japdeva) submitted the application to the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep), who must decide whether it supports the increase. The process could last about 75 days.

"In this regard, Monica Araya, president of the Chamber of Exporters (Cadexco), which brings customers to the docks in the Caribbean, announced that the organization would oppose the increase," reported.

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While the Atlantic ports administration insists on a 21% increase, exporters and shippers are defending their position.

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The Regulatory Authority for Public Services has rejected the increase in port charges at the Moin and Limon ports as requested by Japdeva.

A press release by the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (ARESP) states:

The Port Authority Board of Economic Development and the Atlantic (Japdeva) which is responsible for providing port services in Limon and Moin, has asked the Regulatory Authority for an average increase of 21% in port charges. The previous tariff setting was made in 2003.

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