On request of the Costa Rican government an ad hoc activity took place from 28th February to 2nd March 2017. All previous roadmap activities for Costa Rica in the framework of the EU ATT OP had a focus on the establishment of a national control list and a national licensing authority as well as on risk analysis. This ad hoc activity opened a new chapter in the cooperation with focus on enforcement aspects of ATT: Capacity Building and Competence Development for Customs and Border Officers.
During the opening ceremony in the first day, the Ambassador of the EU Delegation in Costa Rica emphasized inter alia the role of interagency cooperation for the implementation of the ATT. During the seminar a number of agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Security, the Customs Authority, the Fiscal Control Police, the National Intelligence Agency as well as the Arias Foundation had the opportunity to present themselves and to inform about the current status of ATT implementation.
Invited experts presented the scope and obligations of the ATT, the role of Customs and clarified the practical steps required for implementing the Treaty. Furthermore, an expert from Jamaica shared Jamaica's experience with regards to the EU ATT OP as well as the implementation of the the ATT by a country in the region. In addition, an expert from UNLIREC informed about recent exercises provided.
The second day, the necessity of interagency cooperation between licensing and customs agencies became made clear through a practice-oriented exercise involving all participants. Practical case studies provided an opportunity to apply concepts discussed and information received.
On the third day of the activity, a field visit to the port of Limon was organized in order to gain an insight into the work done by the customs. The tour included a visit to the container terminal of Moín port as well as to the new APM container terminal which will be inaugurated in 2018.
The activity was supported by experts from Jamaica, the United Kingdom and UNLIREC.