Friday 9 December 2022

Government asks transporters to lift blockade in Paso Canoas

Industrial sectors have expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation, as they claim that it harms economic stability in times of crisis and recession

Paying the bills


Peru’s President impeached and arrested!

Q24N - Peru's president, Pedro Castillo, was ousted by...

“Avenidazo” returns to San José

RICO's DIGEST - The Municipality of San José had...

Completion of San Ramon extensions and Ruta 27 will be for the next government

QCOSTARICA - The conclusion of the expansion works in...

Bukele’s surprise and private visit to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - El Salvador president Nayib Bukele made a...

Regular gas drop approved, while super and diesle go up

QCOSTARICA - The regulating authority of public services, the...

Kölbi has the fastest mobile network in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Kölbi, the brand of the state-owned utility,...

Refund on Marchamo for early payers announced

QCOSTARICA - Paid your Marchamo in November? If you...

Dollar Exchange

¢589.01 Buy

¢595.62 Sell

9 December 2022 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills


QCOSTARICA – The Government of Carlos Alvarado, on Wednesday, urged Costa Rican transporters that have maintained a blockade at Paso Canoas border with Panama since last August 5, to put down their protest and give priority to the search for a solution through dialogue.

Photo for illustrative purposes, courtesy of Pegando Porte

Carriers are demanding that the government take steps to suppress alleged competitive advantages given to their foreign counterparts.

The protesters are trying to prevent export companies from freely choosing who to hire to transport their goods. On this request, various chambers of industries have spoken out against it.

- Advertisement -

In this regard, the Vice Minister of the Presidency, Randall Otárola, assured that “the demands that the group has transferred to us contravene international norms and what the figures indicate is that the trade of Costa Rican carriers to Panama in recent months has increased”.

Otárola added: “We make a very clear and emphatic call for them to take down the movement, prioritize dialogue and seek a solution that does not affect third parties.”

The president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries (ICRC), Enrique Egloff, assured that “it is unacceptable that, a week after the blockade (began), the Costa Rican industry still cannot export its products to Panama.

“This affects multiple subsectors and hundreds of companies that have their merchandise detained at the border, because of a group of protesters who hold the cargo illegally, damaging the country’s production and competitiveness,” he emphasized.

For his part, Maurizio Musmanni, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia), pointed out that “we already have an important group of exporting companies that report potential losses, jams of products that require cold logistics, increased costs due to the transfer of merchandise, as well as a state of total insecurity regarding the immediate future of product shipments to Panama”.

In addition, Cacia made an energetic claim to Casa Presidencial: “For food businessmen, the government of the Republic cannot allow groups of transporters to use intimidation and coercion, as destabilizing instruments that damage the national and international regulations that protect the free transit of merchandise, and the freedom of contracting the means of transport”.

- Advertisement -

It is estimated that to date there are about 200 trucks stuck waiting to cross the southern border.

Those in charge of leading the negotiations with the carriers are the Deputy Minister of Finance, Elizabeth Guerrero; the Vice Minister of Economy and Trade, Leonardo Chacón; the Director of Foreign Trade Facilitation, Marcela Chavarría, and the Vice Minister Otárola himself.


- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Avatar photo
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.