Las Tablillas Customs Post: All Spruced Up But No Visitors

The Nicaraguan side is all ready for cargo transported to and from the port of Limón to save 250 kilometers, but the poor condition of a section of road in Costa Rica is preventing it.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The idea for the construction of the bridge over the San Juan River within the territory of Nicaragua, was to speed up freight between that country and the ports in Limon, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The bridge was built and so were roads suitable for heavy traffic north of the border post of Las Tablillas, but the tasks that Costa Rica had to carry out, such as the adaptation of infrastructure and services at the customs post, and the adaptation of about 80km of road, were never done.

Now it was the turn of the president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP) of Nicaragua, Jose Adan Aguerri, who reacted to statements by the Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Alexander Mora, when he said that the post would be just ready by the end of 2018.

"... Currently, only about 20 containers of oranges go through San Pancho-Las Tablillas, at certain times, they go from Nicaragua to Costa Rica; and there is some lightweight transport and passengers. It is estimated that using this border crossing would save 250 km of the freight transport route, which would also mean savings in resources. "

Aguerri said "... if Costa Rica does not have the will to improve 78 kilometers of roads we are not moving in an integrated manner, and that is not what is needed in Central America."

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