Costa Rica: Improvements to Border Posts Still Awaited

The $100 million loan contract to modernize the posts of Las Tablillas, Peñas Blancas, Paso Canoas and Sixaola has been withdrawn from the legislative agenda in order to re-consult with indigenous peoples.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The loan agreement between Costa Rica and the Inter-American Development Bank was withdrawn from the legislative agenda for further consultation with indigenous peoples 

Currently the average time it takes a freight vehicle to cross the Peñas Blancas border ranges from 2 to 7 hours; In the case of Paso Canoas, the time is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.

See: "Costa Rica's Bureaucracy Affecting Central America"

From a statement issued by the Uccaep:
April 26, 2017.  The Union of Chambers and Associations in the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) reiterates the urgency of approving in the Legislative Assembly this week, the project to finance the modernization of the borders posts of Costa Rica.

This the project is the $100 million Border Integration Program in Costa Rica, negotiated with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and due to be approved in a second debate on April 6.

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Costa Rica: $27 million to Modernize Border Post

June 2017

Of the $100 million approved to improve infrastructure at the border posts, $27 million will go towards the construction and equipment of the Paso Canoas post.

The Solis administration has reported that with the recent legislative approval of a $100 million loan to modernize border posts, the process can begin to select the land where the new infrastructure will be built, create the trust and manage the permits to develop the project.

Costa Rica: $100 Million Approved for Border Crossings

May 2017

Finally, the Legislative Assembly has approved the IDB loan to improve infrastructure at the border posts of Peñas Blancas, Paso Canoas, Las Tablillas and Sixaola.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Trade:

  • IDB approves $100 million loan to improve border infrastructure.
  • Project will benefit border posts in Peñas Blancas, Paso Canoas, Las Tablillas and Sixaola.                    

Loan of $80 Million for Border Posts

January 2013

The IDB has loaned Costa Rica $80 million to finance the construction, equipping, and improvement of the border crossings of Peñas Blancas, Paso Canoas, Sixaola and Las Tablillas.

According to a statement from the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX), the news was announced by the Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel Gonzalez, on the morning of 9th January at a public event involving exporters, carriers and representatives of the institutions involved in this initiative.

Integrated Border Posts

May 2012

The Intra-regional trade sector is excited about a project to develop an Integrated Control Center at the border crossing between Panama and Costa Rica.

Panama and Costa Rica have agreed to develop a design for an Integrated Control Center (ICC) in the common border of Paso Canoas.

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