Costa Rica: Customs System Restored

An announcement has been made that the system of international transfer of goods is now operating normally after having experienced problems since July 29.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The system used by exporters and importers for international transit operations is now operating normally, after having reported failures which had been delaying the operations of carriers since Tuesday 29 July.

"...The Department of Information Technology and Communication, at the Ministry of Finance, confirmed the restoration of the mechanism on the night of Thursday 31 July." reports that "...Given the failure of the International System of Transfer of Goods (TIM), the Treasury implemented a temporary contingency on Thursday afternoon, in order to transmit information for regional transit and continue operating the Peñas Blancas office, said a press release by the Ministry.

For now, this custom office is still operating with the contingency system so as not to cause disruptions."

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The tax authority has launched a new electronic platform, which lets exporters to register in only 24 hours.

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Problems persist in the process of reviewing merchandise at the border posts in Amatillo and La Hachadura causing delays to cargo trucks.

Double review processes, recurring failures with x-ray machine inspection and the absence of a contingency plan for unforeseen delays has generated delays of between 19 and 23 hours for the approval of entry and exit of goods, said the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Carriers (ASTIC).

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