Costa Rica Requests Review of Freight Transportation Charges

After Nicaraguan authorities imposed in their customs a $50 payment to each cargo vehicle transiting through their territory, Costa Rica requested a meeting to review the issue.

Friday, April 12, 2019

On March 15 of this year, Nicaraguan authorities began to collect a customs tax on the transportation of cargo in transit or with final destination in the country, which consists of the payment of $50 for each transport unit of goods that passes through land customs.

See "Nicaragua to Charge for Freight Transportation"

As a result of this unilateral measure taken by Nicaragua, Costa Rica's Foreign Trade Ministry (Comex) asked the neighboring country for a meeting to address the issue.

Dyalá Jiménez Figueres, head of Comex, explained to that "... both she and the deputy minister of that portfolio, Duayner Salas, sent notes to Nicaraguan authorities requesting meetings to review the situation. Until Wednesday, April 10, there was no response from the authorities of the neighboring country."

Also see "Costly Break to Regional Trade"

Elías Soley, president of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), said that "... The measure applied unilaterally by the Nicaraguan authorities threatens progress in the process of Central American integration, because it establishes differentiated treatment for the means of freight transport. This represents a clear infraction of the regulations in force in the region, of the commitments signed by the Central American countries in their multilateral agreements before the World Trade Organization and of the Trade Facilitation Agreement, in which free transit is considered a fundamental pillar.

At the end of March, the Central American Chambers of Commerce expressed their concern about the measure, explaining in a statement that "... The imposition of unilateral measures that threaten the instruments of Central American integration, become obstacles to intraregional trade affecting our second most important market.

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In contrast to what should be a regional customs union, every Central American border post charges vastly different rates and taxes.

"We believe that we could even stage regional custom blockades," said the Nicaraguan Marvin Altamirano, president of the American Federation of Chambers of Transportation (Fecatrans).

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