Legal Process Against Charges for Freight Transportation Initiated

Costa Rica recurred to the Central American Trade Dispute Resolution mechanism, for the collection of $50 by Nicaraguan customs authorities to Costa Rican cargo carriers entering the country.

Friday, August 2, 2019

The disagreement began after the Nicaraguan authorities on March 15 of this year began to collect a customs tax on the cargo transport in transit or with final destination in the country, which consists of the payment of $50 for each transport unit of goods that passes through land customs.

See "Nicaragua to Charge for Freight Transportation“ and "Costa Rica Requests Review of Freight Transportation Charges

From the Comex statement:

San José, August 1, 2019. The Ministry of Foreign Trade turned to the Central American trade dispute resolution mechanism for the charge of US$ 50 dollars made by the Nicaraguan Customs Directorate to Costa Rican cargo carriers entering that country.
 
Since the establishment of this charge in February this year, COMEX has made, with the invaluable support of the General Directorate of Customs of Costa Rica, multiple efforts before the Nicaraguan authorities to correct the situation. The absence of a satisfactory response led to the decision to formally request the initiation of this procedure.
 
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Dyalá Jiménez, said that COMEX is aware of the economic impact that this situation causes to our transporters and exporters and, therefore, we have given full priority to their attention. We are sure that the collection violates the international trade commitments that the Central American countries assume in our regional integration process. The decision to raise this case responds to our firm commitment to the defense of the country's interests and our desire to apply the mechanisms we have designed in the Central American region to elucidate the controversies.



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