What is PROCOMER?
The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER) is the pillar of support for Costa Rican companies; we are an inclusive institution that generates business with a purpose.
We are a public institution dedicated to international commerce.
The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER) is the pillar of support for Costa Rican companies, especially for micro, small and medium-sized companies, throughout their internationalization process to conquer international markets.
We also simplify and facilitate export procedures and generate export chains. For this, we develop market studies that serve as a guide for country decision making and as a tool for exporters.
Thanks to the hard work of the entire export sector, from January to May 2021, exports of Costa Rican goods had a 23% rebound in the accumulated value compared to 2021, with a total exported value of US $ 5,771 million. For their part, services exports in 2020 had a challenging year due to the pandemic, when they closed with an amount of US $ 6,832 million. This meant a decrease of 29% in relation to 2019.
Thanks to the hard work of the entire export sector, January to December 2022*, Costa Rican goods exports rebounded by 13% compared to 2021, with a total export value of US$12,111 million. Meanwhile, exports of services to the third quarter of the previous year, showed an increase of 33%, reaching the sum of $ 8,790 million, $ 2,195 million more than the same period of 2021.
This recovery of services is attributed to the good performance of the travel category, as well as to knowledge-intensive services such as business, information and communication technologies, and transformation services, which have had an average annual growth of 10%, 21% and 156%, respectively, in 2020-2022 (III quarter).
*Due to the hacking that affected the Ministry of Finance's computer systems, export data do not include the months of April, May and June.
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In 24 years of existence, PROCOMER has taken the lead in country projects such as the creation of the country brand essential COSTA RICA and the Single Window System of Foreign Trade (VUCE) 2.0. At the moment we are working on a very modern digital tool that will contain the entire Costa Rican export offer and that will be very useful to national exporters and international buyers to carry out business.
What is PROCOMER?
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PROCOMER was created in 1996 through the Law of the Republic number 7638.
In accordance with our founding law, we are responsible for:
- Designing and coordinating programs related to exports.
- Technical and financing support for the Ministry of Foreign Commerce (COMEX), to administer the special exportation regimes.
- Promoting and protecting the country’s commercial interests abroad.
- Centralizing and streamlining the importation and exportation processes.
- Following foreign commerce statistics.
Generate inclusive and sustainable well-being in all regions of Costa Rica through the creation of more export companies, foreign direct investment and export diversification, the linkages of SMEs with large exporters, the redirection of the human talent necessary for production and trade facilitation.
- Passion: We work with enthusiasm to improve ourselves every day and to give the best for Costa Rica.
- Creativity: We look for new ways of doing things in order to be more efficient and effective
- Purpose: We understand that we are working for the development of our country.
- Collective Talent: We share knowledge that allows us to create and innovate more productively.
- Integrity: We are consistent between what we propose and execute, our work is ethical, honest and transparent.
- Agility: We act efficiently to respond in a timely manner to the needs of our customers.
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Creation of new exportable offer:
It contemplates the promotion of new goods and services for export from the generation of capacities, business advice and 1: 1 support, the strengthening of the value proposition of companies, access to financing, the promotion of sustainable products and differentiated in key markets, access to market tests, the development of the Discover program and gender inclusion.
Consolidation of the exportable offer:
We work, in coordination with our strategic allies, to find the best market options, to innovate in the distribution channels of our offer, to break down little by little each of the barriers that limit the world's access to the best of the essence. Costa Rican.
Promotion of chains 2.0:
We continue working to increase the added value in exports, promote exports in SMEs and strengthen the national supply through inter-institutional coordination; That is why we increase our efforts to develop in SMEs the necessary capacities, through research, innovation and improvement of standards, to become suppliers of multinational companies that are part of the supply and logistics structures of world class.
Simplification of procedures:
Over the years this issue has become a challenge for exporters and entrepreneurs in the country, that is why we are committed to ambitious projects such as VUCE, VUI and CONAFAC to support the substantial reduction of procedures and provide more facilities for trade.
For us, institutional excellence is achieved through joint work with all actors in the sector and strategic allies, with the planning, traceability and measurement of each action carried out, with the search for continuous improvement and the generation of new services.