An agreement made yesterday between Costa Rica and Panama generated the signing of Executive Decree 42353-MGP-H-S that authorizes the entry of carriers to national territory, under a sanitary and security protocol that will allow goods to be moved to duly authorized places.
In order to analyze options to find a solution to the issue of transit within the country, constant communication has been maintained between the transport chambers, the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex), the Ministry of Health, the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration, Customs of the Ministry of Finance, and the National Emergency Commission (CNE).
To achieve better transit at the border, the process of transporting materials (reaching the border, seeing the process of the country’s transporter and the continuity with the delivery of the destination), as well as the process of trucks that only enter were studied. to travel through the country.
In this context, certain controls that will be implemented to minimize the risk of contagion by COVID-19 were analyzed.
These include streamlining border procedures to minimize the waiting time of carriers in the border area and monitoring of trucks using GPS that allows monitoring of scheduled routes and the carrier’s time in the country.
Specific stopping points will also be enabled under controlled conditions, so this scenario will allow carriers to establish themselves in a site with basic amenities for a pre-established time and helps authorities to define the carrier’s route.
In addition, current alternatives such as hitching and unhitching trailers or changing drivers for the transfer of cargo in the country are maintained, depending on the needs of the carrier.
These controls are both for entry and exit of trucks in our territory. The objective of these proposals is to work under constant monitoring of the carriers and avoid contagion by COVID-19.
The CNE supports the ground operation of carriers in transit through the country by providing facilities and applying sanitary and disinfection procedures at border facilities and the rest and feeding points defined by the competent authorities of the convoy (caravan) that are headed from Peñas Blancas to Paso Canoas and vice versa.
The purpose of the operation is to avoid that the borders or the passage through the country eventually become foci of contagion by the coronavirus COVID-19.
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Dyalá Jiménez, announced the new regulatory and logistical measures that, thanks to binational efforts, will take effect in the next few hours. “This pilot plan will allow us to decongest and address the situation on the border with Panama. The agreement authorizes the entry of carriers to national territory, under strict compliance with the health and safety protocol that will allow the goods to be moved to duly authorized places. ”