How Bureaucracy Kills Entrepreneurship

Officials do not understand or want to understand innovation, because their privileges are always anchored in the past and never in the future.

Friday, October 25, 2013

In Costa Rica it is impossible to register a vehicle manufactured in the country, because there is no Customs Declaration, which is required by law.

An article in describes the vicissitudes of a Costa Rican entrepreneur who has who developed an electric vehicle and is now looking for funding to produce it.

"Jesse Blenn is an entrepreneur, mechanic and pilot, foreigner by birth but tico by heart. For several years he has been attempting to start up a company which to many people sounded like a joke in a country such as Costa Rica. "

But his current drama is that if he manages to raise the money "to make his car, he could not put it into circulation.Why?Because in order to be able to drive on the streets every vehicle needs a registration certificate (road tax paid, technical review carried out, etc.) and to obtain this permission it first needs to be registered in the National Registry. "

Here is the first obstacle. The Registry asks for the Single Customs Declaration form (DUA), a document that indicates the value of the vehicle and which is created in a customs office. However, if Blenn manufactures the vehicle, it will never go through customs as it is not arriving from abroad, but would be made ​​in the country.

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