Costa Rica Plans Improvements in Logistics

Improved logistics in the transport of goods is the goal of a government project that will be supported by the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

According to a press release from the Presidential House, “It was agreed to create an executive committee to define the content and track a project to improve logistics in the transport of goods in Costa Rica, which has the support of Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. This project is seen as particularly important since several studies indicate that while in Latin America logistics costs hover between 18 and 40% of product value, in developed countries such costs hover between 8 and 10% of the product.

Public policies that will result from this effort will reduce logistics and transport costs thereby improving the country's competitiveness, which will be of benefit both to the competitive position of exporters as well as firms competing against imports. The executive committee is composed of the ministers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Foreign Trade, Public Works and Transportation, Planning, President of the National Learning Institute and the Technical Secretary of the CPCI, who will coordinate it.”

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