Costa Rica - Panama Border Closed Again

Costa Rican transporters have blocked the Paso Canoas border alleging abuses in the controls carried out by Panamanian authorities.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The measure taken by the Costa Ricans have already caused millions in losses due to delays in the arrival of cargo and damage to goods. For this reason the National Chamber of Panamanian Cargo Transporters (Canatraca) has asked the authorities concerned to solve a problem which has returned only five months after an agreement was signed between the two nations.

Last Saturday carriers decided to close the border two days after complaining of apparent abuses by the State Border Service (SENAFRONT). According to Juan Carlos Segura, leader of the truckers, they will not open the passage until an agreement on the issue is reached with the protesters.

Carriers "accuse the border police of applying fines for the slightest reasons and retaining their documentation, even though the law says they can pay the fine in 30 days", reported Prensa.com.



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Blockades Continue on Costa Rica - Panama Border

February 2016

The union has exhausted dialogue with the regional government of Chiriqui and is a blockading the border preventing the movement of freight carriers in Central America.

The provincial government in Chiriqui has failed to prevent Panamanian carriers, organized by the National Chamber of Cargo Transportation in Panama, (Canatraca) from indefinitely blocking the passage of trucks across the border in Paso Canoas (information at time of going to press at 3:30 p.m).

Blockade in Paso Canoas Lifted

August 2013

Costa Rican truckers have lifted the blockade which they were holding at Paso Canoas confident that the Panamanian authorities will comply with the agreements signed.

The truckers decided to end the five-day strike held in Paso Canoas and are hoping that the Costa Rican government will not permit them to suffer any more abuses by the State Border Service (SENAFRONT).

Chancellors Agreement Does Not Lift Blockade in Paso Canoas

August 2013

An agreement signed between the foreign ministries of Costa Rica and Panama was not enough for the Costa Rican truckers to lift the blockade in Paso Canoas, which has gone on for five days.

Juan Carlos Segura, a spokesman for the carriers, said that the 300 trucks at the border will remain in place because the compromise agreed by the ministers is a joke and does not address the abuses of the State Border Service of Panama (SENAFRONT).

Cargo Stuck at Panama-Costa Rica Border

June 2010

Truckers from both countries are protesting a $5 increase in vehicle fumigation fees and slow procedures in the customs office at Paso Canoa.

On June 15, Oirsa, a regional health authority, increased the phytosanitary fumigation costs at borders from $6 to $11.

An article in Prensa.com remarks that “Juan Carlos Segura, from the Costa Rican National Transportation Chamber, explained they decided to paralyze transport since yesterday at 8:00 for an undefined time, until this surcharge is removed”.

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