Freight Transport at Borders: Endless Problem

After the difficulties generated by the restrictions imposed by Costa Rica on the entry of cargo from neighboring countries were overcome, the Costa Rican pilots denounce that the authorities of the region, far from applying reciprocal measures, have established "repressive measures."

Friday, June 26, 2020

Between May 18 and June 1, 2020, the free transit of goods in Central America was interrupted. The difficulties began when Costa Rica, arguing that it was trying to mitigate the outbreak of covid-19, unilaterally decided that only transporters in direct transit from border to border would enter Costa Rican territory, whose units would be subject to police surveillance.

In response to Costa Rica's application, the other Central American countries decided to apply reciprocal measures to that country's transport units, and Costa Rican pilots now claim that they are victims of repression.

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Marjorie Lizano, a member of the Costa Rican Chamber of Unitary Transporters (CCTU), told that "... in some Central American countries there have been 'even economic' reprisals against Costa Rican drivers for allegedly failing to comply with health measures. There are also difficulties in making international transit declarations and the increase in prices of commercial operations."

See "Central America: Disruption of the Logistics Chain"

According to Francisco Quirós of the Cargo Transport Chamber (Canatrac), "... Central America has indeed taken steps that go beyond the reciprocal. They go to repressive situations; they go beyond sanitary measures. Maybe it's because they haven't been able to explain how they are operating in Costa Rica."

In some of the Central American countries, Costa Ricans are prevented from leaving with cargo, for example, the article explains.

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