Regional Trade: Panama Applies Reciprocal Measures

After Costa Rica imposed several restrictions on the movement of cargo entering its territory, the Panamanian government limited the permit for Costa Rican carriers to remain in the country to 72 hours.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The transit of goods in the region is becoming more complicated every day, since it is argued that the propagation of the covid-19 is being mitigated. The Costa Rican presidency decided that as of May 18 only transporters who make direct transit from border to border will enter Costa Rican territory, whose units must be subject to police surveillance.

In response to the measure, the National Customs Authority of Panama implemented Resolution No. 136 of 25 May 2020, which establishes temporary reciprocal measures for land cargo transporters of Costa Rican nationality.

See "Cargo Transport: Honduras Replies to Costa Rica"

According to the regional and national legal system in force, entry into the territory of the Republic of Panama is permitted for up to 72 hours, subject to verification of the control measures by the health authority at the respective border post. This will apply to heavy transport units from Costa Rica.

The document adds that "... In order to comply with this measure, the National Customs Authority also issued Resolution No. 137, which establishes the routes and customs warehouses exclusively authorized to carry out the process of unloading goods by Costa Rican land freight carriers only."

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Cargo Transport: Honduras Replies to Costa Rica

May 2020

After the Costa Rican government decided to impose several restrictions on heavy transport units entering its territory, the Honduran government decided to grant Costa Rican pilots only 72 hours in the country.

The difficulties affecting intraregional land trade are increasing, since arguing that it is trying to mitigate the spread of covid-19, the Costa Rican presidency decided that as of May 18 only transporters who make direct transit from border to border would enter Costa Rican territory, whose units must be subject to police surveillance.

Cargo Transport: Costa Rica Tightens Restrictions

May 2020

In order to mitigate the spread of the covid-19, the government decided that as of May 18, only transporters that make direct transit from border to border will enter Costa Rican territory, whose units must be subject to police surveillance.

On 15 May, President Carlos Alvarado issued two decrees aimed at keeping the number of foreign transporters in the country as low as possible, reported the Costa Rican presidency.

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