Costa Rican Imports: What, Who and How Much

The website of the Treasury Ministry now provides easy accessible data on the imports done by companies.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Users may now query the Customs Information Technology System (TICA) through the web address This system was conceived to modernize the operation of the country’s customs.

The system “makes use of the data to cut red tape, strengthen controls, increase transparency and eliminate the use of paper, as most procedures can now be done on-line”, reported

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Losses due to Customs bureaucracy

May 2019

With the entry into force of the Single Central American Declaration, businessmen in the region report losses because of the delays generated by the implementation of the new system in the import and export processes.

At the end of March, a report was made that the Council of Economic Ministers (COMIECO) agreed to postpone to May 7, 2019, the entry into force of the Single Central American Declaration (DUCA), which had initially been set for April 1, 2019.

Extension of the Central American Single Declaration

April 2019

With the aim of better publicizing the operation of the Single Declaration, it was agreed to postpone the entry into force of the document until May 7, 2019.

The entry into force of the Central American Single Declaration (DUCA) had initially been set for April 1, 2019.

From the statement of the Single Window for Exports of Guatemala:

Asset Declarations When Leaving Panama

August 2016

Travellers leaving the country must declare if they have money or securities worth more than $10 thousand, a measure that until now has only been required when entering the country.

From a statement issued by the National Customs Authority:

Customs of Costa Rica: More Controls on Invoicing

August 2014

The Ministry of Finance has announced improvements made to online consultations on the value of the declared goods which aims to reduce underreporting by 20%.

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Finance of Costa Rica:

In order to establish better controls for imported goods, the Customs Service, at Ministry of Finance has intensified and integrated software tools which will allow for a more efficient and effective application of the control instruments on the declarations on the entry and exit of goods.

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