Costa Rican State Sued due to Moin Concession

The National Banana Chamber filed a lawsuit in order to nullify the award to a foreign company of a new container port in Moin.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Among arguments included in the law suit presented before the Administrative Court, it states that the tender lacks any technical, environmental or financial studies.

"Furthermore, it argues, the concession given to Dutch giant APM Terminals will force producers to pay rates 130% higher than what they pay today at the Port of Limon." published, "APM Terminals will charge a $ 223 fee per container, $ 43 more than Japdeva ($ 180).”

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Contract Signed for New Port in Moin

August 2011

After an arduous process, the government of Costa Rica has signed a concessionary award to Dutch run APM Terminals for the construction of the port and its management for a period of 30 years.

APM Terminal's investment will be $950 million, and they will have a period of 3 years to build a container port in Moin on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, north of the existing port facilities.

Costa Rica: Moin Port Terminal Overcomes New Obstacle

May 2011

The project for construction of the Container Terminal (Terminal de Contenedores) has triumphed over the two lawsuits that sought to curb its award.

The Controller General's Office flatly rejected as inadmissible (the union has no legitimate interest, and is not a bidder in this process) the appeal filed by the Workers Union JAPDEVA (SINTRAJAP) against the award of the project to the Dutch firm APM Terminals.

Appeal Against Port Concession in Limon Rejected

April 2011

The Costa Rican judiciary dismissed the lawsuit filed by the National Banana Chamber against the concession of the Moin Terminal Container to APM Terminals.

Randall Quirós, legal representative of the National Banana Chamber, stated that the Court rejected their petition due to "issues of form but not substance".

Project for Container Port in Costa Rica

December 2010

The National Concessions Council began the process of studying the financial proposal made by APM Terminals.

APM Terminals was the only company to bid for construction and operation of a container port in Moin.

"The National Concession Council has until December 23 to decide whether to accept the proposal and grant concession to the Danish company or declare the process void and prepare a new process," reports

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