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Costa Rican truckers block Costa Rica-Panama border

August 26th, 2013 ( Costa Rican trucker drivers continued to block the Paso Canoas border with Panama on Sunday.  The blockade began on Saturday in protest against Panama’s State Border Service (SENAFRONT), according to those leading the demonstration.


Some 17 Costa Rican trucker drivers began blocking the entry of other trailers on Saturday, and promised to continue the demonstration until a resolution to their grievances is reached.


Truckers complain that SENAFRONT systematically stops and fines Costa Rica-tagged trailers for minor offenses such as having low tread on their tires, lack of reflective triangles and not having hydraulic jacks.


Truck drivers say SENAFRONT officials confiscate the keys to their trailers, requiring them to travel some 30 kilometers from the border to the city of David to pay fines in order for the return of their keys.  The fines can only be paid on weekdays, causing further problems for the drivers.


Costa Rican authorities have yet to make a statement regarding the situation.


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