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Traveling To Costa Rica With Large Sums of Undeclared Cash Risky Business

When traveling to Costa Rica with more than US$10,000 in cash or its equivalent in colones or euros, nothing happens as long as you declare it on your customs form upon landing. The same applies to land and maritime borders. Customs officials may, however, want...

Tax Department Will Not Yield To Strike, Business As Usual Minister Assures

One public institution that is guaranteed to be operating normally on Monday is the Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) and all its dependencies, such as customs and tax offices across the country. The ministra de Hacienda, Rocío Aguilar, confirmed this on Sunday, that even...

Foreigner Detained At Airport For Concealing Large Amount Of Cash

A woman of Cuban nationality was detained by the officials of the Policía de Control de Drogas (PCD) - Drug Control Police - at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport, for carrying a large sum of cash hidden in her hand luggage. The PCD...

Hacienda (Taxation) Confirms Internet Purchases Of Up To US$500 Are Tax Exempt

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) confirmed, through a statement issued today (November 23, 2017), that any Internet purchase, that is not for prohibited goods or for commercial purposes (only personal or family), and not exceeding US$500, are exempt from paying taxes.   The exemption...

Buy online? Here Are The “Authorized by Hacienda” Package Import Services

(QCOSTARICA) Shopping online is a practical way of getting the things you want, things that can't be found or are just too expensive in Costa Rica. Though online shopping is an everyday thing now, the volume of purchases increased during year-end. It is important to...

Paso Canoas Customs Manager Arrested

QCOSTARICA - Luis Juarez, the manager of the Paso Canoas customs (aduanas in Spanish) post was arrested on Wednesday, charged with the "willful act or omission" of a public official, punishable with a three to ten year prison sentence. The arrest followed an investigation by...

Guatemala: Chaos in Customs Offices

(Q24N) -- The crisis in the tax administration department has created delays of up to 15 days in release of containers and serious lack of coordination in the management of processes at land borders and ports. The business sector states that the lack of coordination...

Customs Retains Packages Of “Casillero” Not Authorized To Provide The Service

(QCOSTARICA) Customers of Webbox have been complaining about the late delivery of their packages, this due to a decision by the Dirección General de Aduanas (Customs Service) to hold on to the packages while it performs an audit process of the goods brought in...

Costa Rica Questions Customs Union

QCOSTARICA - Different tariff policies from the rest of the region and inadequate infrastructure at border posts do not facilitate the country's integration into the Customs Union. Authorities at the Customs Department claim that they have identified the aspects that need to be worked on...

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