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Cash-Strapped Costa Rica Looks to Its Borders for Income

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As part of the border posts improvement plan, Costa Rica is proposing a toll, charging $25 per export declaration and $5 per person. The charge would be implemented at the border crossings of Peñas Blancas, Sixaola, Paso Canoas, and Las Tablillas.

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Original Article Text From Nacion via Google Translate:

Government Proposes to Finance Charges in Border Arrangements

The Government will propose a bill to charge a fee of $ 25 per export declaration and $ 5 per person, to fund maintenance and improvement works at border posts.

The toll would be charged in Peñas Blancas, Paso Canoas, Tablets (Los Chiles) and Sixaola.

The aim is also investing $ 80 million in these positions to be obtained with a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The works are expected to be initiated in early 2014.

The plans were presented publicly yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex), entity appointed by the Governing Council to coordinate the change in borders.

The Comex Minister, Anabel González, explained that he will submit a bill to the Legislature to achieve the IDB loan and another for rates and to create the Council of border crossings.

The funds will be dedicated toll to pay the debt with the IDB, to create a fund to maintain jobs and 4% for the municipalities of counties involved.

Support. Though involve an additional charge output of goods and people, the plans were supported by the private sector.

Mario Montero, executive vice president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (Cacia), explained that while a fee is directly related to efficiency, the employer will not present problems.

Nelson Irola, Tica Bus administrative manager, acknowledged that in Peñas Blancas, where the government has already finalized several works, was streamlined and ordered step. He added that the other countries of the region get land charge.

Streamlining in truck traffic caused more of a problem, because Nicaragua has no capacity to receive the flow, said Francisco Quiros, executive director of the National Cargo Carriers (Canatrac).

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