Delays at Panama-Costa Rica Border Once Again

If it is not for one reason it is another: now cargo is building up in Paso Canoas because of the closure of the customs office due to the Panamanian holiday.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The problems, according to Gerardo Bolaños, CEO of Customs at the Ministry of Finance, are not caused by the Costa Rican side but in Panama. This is because last Monday was a holiday in the country.

"... Whenever there is a holiday in Panama a few more containers are piled up because obviously the office closes and that causes the situation," Bolaños said.

Added to this is that on the Panamanian side there is a new computer system which "sometimes goes down" and the staff is short. That is why the Costa Rican side yards are loaded with goods waiting to be received by the authorities of the neighboring country.

"We have to send them in small doses so that they get processed," he added.



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