Costa Rica Centralizes Foreign Trade Procedures

An announcement has been made of a beta version of a digital platform for paperwork and export permits which is integrated with related institutions.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

From a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica :

This morning (yesterday) PROCOMER launched the beta version of Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE) 2.0 a project that will revolutionize the export sector and domestic importer, offering an interoperable platform ( with approvals in minutes) between the 16 state institutions state that are involved in foreign trade procedures.

VUCE 2.0 guarantees that businesses have a 100 % digital experience, which will reduce paper consumption to zero and provide a 24 -hour service, seven days a week throughout the year (24/7/365), minimizing human intervention. It will represent a saving in time and processing costs for exporters and importers of up to 90%.

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