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Trade in Costa Rica

Costa Rica was the world’s 85th largest exporter of goods and 59th largest exporter of commercial services in 2022. Export values were $16.60 billion and $11.79 billion USD respectively. Costa Rica’s top export category was Manufactures, followed by Agricultural products, and Machinery and transport equipment. In 2022, Costa Rica’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to United States, Netherlands and Belgium, with trade representing 79.66 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, Costa Rica is the world’s 81st largest importer of goods and 79th largest importer of commercial services. Import values were $22.69 billion and $5.50 billion USD respectively in 2022. Costa Rica’s top import category was Manufactures, followed by Machinery and transport equipment and Chemicals. Leading import partners were United States, China and Mexico. Costa Rica is part of 15 different Regional Trade Agreements, including Canada – Costa Rica and Central American Common Market (CACM).
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Republic of Costa Rica




San Jose

WTO Membership Date

1 January 1995

Legal System

civil law system based on Spanish civil code; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court



Number of Time Zone(s)


Additional Information

Financial Information

This section includes financial information such as the currency, exchange rate lookup and local banks issuing trade finance.


Costa Rican colón

Exchange Rate

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Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Business Support Organizations

  • Asociación Cámara de Tecnología de Información y Comunicación

    Member's associations - (i.e. sector, professional, exporters)

    [email protected]


  • Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo

    Investment promotion agency

    [email protected]
  • Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica

    Trade promotion organization (TPO)

    [email protected]

Government MSME Agency

  • MEIC

  • National Programme for the Support of Micro- and Small Businesses (PRONAMYPE



SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Ing. Tatiana León Koroleva
    Centro de Información y Notificación MSF
    Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado (SFE)
    Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG)
    Phone: +(506) 2549 3407

    [email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio- MEIC
    Dirección de Calidad
    Centro de Información de Obstáculos Técnicos al Comercio - CIOT
    Phone: +(506) 22 2549 1479

    San José

    [email protected], [email protected]

Additional Information

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Last Reviewed: June, 2024

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