Statistics by region - Procomer Costa Rica

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Central America and the Caribbean

Central America

1.369
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

16%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

The Central American countries are a natural market for the products and services of Costa Rica. Additionally, since 1963 there has been a Free Trade Agreement. The main goods that Costa Rica sends to Central America are:

  • Other syrups and concentrates to prepare soft drinks
  • Sauces and mixes
  • Electrical cables
  • Diapers
  • Medicines

Panama

448
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

5%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

In 2008, Costa Rica and Panama signed a Free Trade Agreement. Through this commercial agreement, both countries strengthened their foreign commercial platforms, establishing better commercial links between each of these natural partners, due both to geographical proximity, as well as to the complementary nature of their economies. Panama is the third largest export destination for Costa Rican products. The main Costa Rican products that are exported to Panama are:

  • Plastic goods for containers
  • Other syrups and concentrates to prepare soft drinks
  • Antiserums
  • Electrical cables
  • Food for animals

Caribbean

350
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

4%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

The negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between Costa Rica and CARICOM began in September of 2002 and ended with its signing in March of 2004.

  • Antiserums
  • Other syrups and concentrates to prepare soft drinks
  • Glass containers
  • Diapers
  • Medicines

North America

United States

3.434
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

41%
Share in total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

Since 2009, Costa Rica and the United States enjoy preferential tariffs thanks to a Free Trade Agreement. The main Costa Rican products that are currently exported to the United States are:

  • Other devices for medical use
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Integrated circuits and electronic microcircuits
  • Equipment for serum infusion and transfusion

Mexico

222
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

3%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

Costa Rica and Mexico have had a Free Trade Agreement since 1995. Nevertheless, the Presidents of Central America and Mexico agreed on the framework in the Tuxtla Dialogue and Agreement Mechanism, which promotes the convergence of the valid free trade agreements between Central America and Mexico. The main products that Costa Rica sends to Mexico are:

  • Palm oil
  • Other syrups and concentrates to prepare soft drinks
  • Raw palm or babassu nut oils
  • Joints or gaskets, made of unhardened vulcanized rubber
  • Other mixes for the drink industry

Canada

63
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

0.7%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

In 2002, Costa Rica and Canada signed a Free Trade Agreement, which has allowed the development of a commercial relationship highlighted by the shipping of Costa Rican products to Canadian soil. These products include:

  • Tires
  • Prostheses for medical use
  • Raw coffee
  • Fresh papayas
  • Glass containers

South America

Chile

26
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

0.3%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

In 2002, Costa Rica and Chile established a Free Trade Agreement that has allowed both to benefit from tariff conditions. The most common Costa Rican products that are exported to Chile are:

  • Other syrups and concentrates to prepare soft drinks
  • Plastic goods for containers
  • Aluminum scraps and waste
  • Tires
  • Other uncooked frozen fruits

Perú

17
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

0.2%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

The Free Trade Agreement between Costa Rica and Peru went into effect in 2013. This Agreement established a legal framework with clear, stable, and transparent rules to regulate commerce, as well as mechanisms to avoid the implementation of discretionary measures that would unjustly affect commerce. It also increases and diversifies Costa Rica's goods and services exports with preferential conditions, increases consumers' options for goods and services, and establishes effective and transparent procedures for conflict resolution. The most-exported Costa Rican products sent to Peru are:

  • Powders to prepare gelatin
  • Common caps and metal lids
  • Medicines
  • Paper or cardboard to recycle wast and scraps, including unclassified scraps and waste
  • Machines and equipment to work with rubber or plastic

Asia

China

162
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

2%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

The Free Trade Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica and the Government of the People's Republic of China went into effect in the year 2011. The main Costa Rican products exported to China are:

  • Integrated circuits and electronic microstructures
  • Parts for broadcasters and receivers for televisions, radios, and other similar devices
  • Unprocessed wood
  • Electrical materials
  • Other machinery and equipment for the production of masks and grids, electronic devices and circuits, and semiconductors

Europe

1.845
MILLION US DOLLARS
Costa Rican exports

22%
Share of total exports
Not including electronic components

Market Information

The Agreement of Commercial Association between the European Union and Central America went into effect in 2013. It regulates the relationships between both regions in three areas: political dialogue, cooperation, and the creation of a free trade zone between the EU and the Central American countries. In the specific case of the United Kingdom, Costa Rica mainly exports the following products:

  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Sugar
  • Melons
  • Electrical materials
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