Costa Rica signed a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico in 1994 and joined other Central American countries and the Dominican Republic in establishing a Trade and Investment Council with the United States in March 1998. In addition, it has signed trade agreements with Canada, Chile and several Caribbean Community countries. The U.S. Department of State notes that the country "was an active participant in the negotiation of the hemispheric Free Trade Area of the Americas and is active in the Cairns Group, which is pursuing global agricultural trade liberalization within the World Trade Organization."
Export and Import Facts
- Costa Rica's 2010 exports totaled a projected US$10 billion
- Major exports include integrated circuits, medical equipment, bananas, pineapples, coffee, melons, ornamental plants, sugar, textiles, electronic components and medical equipment
- Imports totaled US$13.32 billion for the year
- Major imports include raw materials, consumer goods, capital equipment and petroleum
Export/ Import Resources
Costa Rica's bilateral chambers of commerce offer opportunities for networking that can help you establish new connections with importers in Costa Rica or with businesses in other countries whose goods you want to import. Bilateral chambers of commerce in Costa Rica include: