Costa Rica: Streamlining of Export of Agricultural Products

The government has announced that companies certified as Authorized Economic Operators will have access to faster foreign trade procedures.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Companies interested in achieving this logistical facility in the trade of their products should register voluntarily as Authorized Economic Operators (OAS). 

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Finance wish to announce the entry into force of the Framework Cooperation Agreement that will allow priority attention in logistic facilitation schemes to companies that have voluntarily reinforced their safety and control standards for goods, while still maintaining the State's sanitary and phytosanitary safety standards; This is possible under the scheme for Certification of Authorized Economic Operators (OAS) under the Customs Facilitation for Reliable Trade in Costa Rica (PROFAC) program provided by the Ministry of Finance through the General Directorate of Customs. 

The companies that can be certified as PROFAC, must comply with the requirements established in the program and for this will be submitted to a compliance verification process.

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More Efficient Trade between Costa Rica and China

February 2020

The two countries signed an action plan to determine the steps to be taken to achieve a Mutual Recognition Agreement for their Authorized Economic Operators and to facilitate international trade operations.

Once the Mutual Recognition Agreement is signed, the companies that are part of the Authorized Economic Operators Program in Costa Rica will obtain more agile conditions, facilitation of international trade operations, application of best practices in security standards, use of information, and control of traceability, informed the Costa Rican government.

Customs: Authorized Economic Operator System in Panama

May 2016

Companies that are certified as AEOs are able to reduce paperwork and are given priority at customs offices.

Like Costa Rica and Guatemala, Panama is now using the AEO program. Companies interested in obtaining certification should contact the National Customs Authority.

Honduras Certifies Costa Rican Agroindustrial Plants  

July 2013

Ten companies producing chickens, eggs and dairy products have received authorizations valid for three years to export to Honduras.  

From a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica:

After a series of efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the National Animal Health Service, Honduran authorities have authorized for three years a dozen Costa Rican plants producing fertile eggs, one day old chicks, frozen chicken and dairy products for export to the market.

AEO Program in Guatemala

April 2013

The Customs Directorate is calling on companies involved in foreign trade to take part in the AEO Programme.

The Customs Directorate is inviting producers, importers, exporters, carriers, customs agents, bonded warehouses, Consolidated / deconsolidated companies, courier companies, free zones and ports, to form part of the AEO Program of Guatemala, which strikes a balance between security and facilitation of international trade, through a strategic alliance between the Customs Administration, the Tax Authority and the different participants in the supply chain.

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