Costa Rica: Digital platform for Foreign Trade Procedures Delayed

The platform to digitize and centralize export formalities will not be completely ready before the end of the year.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Since its launch in February 2014, only half of the Foreign Trade Single Counter platform has been running and it only allows processess to be carried out digitally in 5 out of the 44 technical documents for export products.

The documents which can be processed for now correspond to ".... export of agricultural products, coffee exports, agro exports, and export and import of seeds."

Jorge Sequeira, general manager of the Foreign Trade Office (Procomer) said in that "Although at first glance ... 5 out of 44 technical documents does not seem a lot, these account for 80% of all procedures made by the commercial sector."

"... Representatives of business and entrepreneurs polled by EF, agree that the counter was expected to be in full operation already. Segnini Monica, president of the Chamber of Exporters (Cadexco) said that" ... 'we very gratefully welcomed the project, but we are concerned that it is not yet being used by most of the sectors, seeing as such a big investment was made. "

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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.

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