New Requirements for Exports from Costa Rica to El Salvador

Since October 11 exporters of goods originating in Costa Rica and going to El Salvador have had to attach to the FAUCA a certificate issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade which states the Customs regime under which the company operates.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica (COMEX):

The Ministry of Foreign Trade has announced to exporters of merchandise originating from Costa Rica and going to El Salvador that as of October 11, the Directorate General of Customs of that country will ask the Central American Customs to attach to the (FAUCA) form a certificate issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry, indicating the customs regime under which the company operates as an exporter or, alternatively, indicating whether they do not operate under any special customs regime. Such records must be attached in the original format to each shipment of goods.

In order to expedite the issuance of this document and ensure the normal flow of exports to El Salvador a fast and streamlined mechanism has been made available, which became operational on 11 October. The company must send an email requesting the record with the following information:

Corporate Name
Corporate identification number
The person authorized to retrieve the record and their id number.
Phone number or means of contact.

The email must be addressed to Paola Castro ( and Angie Vega (

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