Simplified Procedures for Free Zone Companies

Modifications to the Costa Rica Free Zone and Active Improvement Regime include 52 procedures that can be performed online.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Among the steps that can be done online is the facility for businesses to apply for entry into the free zone regime, and changing the level of investment as well as the minimum level of employment.

Procomer General Manager, Jorge Sequeira, said the procedure simplifications are aimed at attracting more foreign investment into the country.

"These amendments are intended to streamline processes, in order to achieve a more competitive and efficient export sector, helping to consolidate the Costa Rican export platform further", said Sequeira to

The changes will take effect once they have been published in the Official Gazette.

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