Annual International Trade Statistics by Country (HS02)
Publication date: 2021-11-14
Reporting period: 2002 - 2020
Timeseries: 177 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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Costa Rica | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2009 - 2020

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TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIESCosta RicaWorldExportsValue (US$)8,836,344,677.009,044,840,676.0010,222,241,025.0011,250,803,893.0011,472,063,524.0011,242,661,045.009,578,337,782.009,907,873,817.0011,296,640,428.0011,251,781,448.0011,451,993,076.0011,622,755,153.00
Value Growth, YoY (%)-9.322.3513.0110.061.96-1.99-14.803.4414.01-0.391.771.49
ImportsValue (US$)11,550,460,954.0013,920,243,832.0018,263,804,971.0018,355,992,786.0018,124,469,250.0017,184,912,679.0015,504,422,756.0015,321,512,291.0016,352,350,364.0016,563,019,255.0016,106,274,382.0014,456,129,002.00
Value Growth, YoY (%)-24.4520.5131.200.50-1.26-5.18-9.77-1.176.721.28-2.75-10.24

The value of merchandise exports from Costa Rica totalled $ 11.6 billion in 2020. Merchandise exports from Costa Rica increased by 1.49% compared to 2019. Goods exports grew up by $ 170 million in 2020 (the value of merchandise exports from Costa Rica amounted to $11.4 billion in 2019)

Costa Rica's exports 2020 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Costa Rica in 2020:

  • USA with a share of 43% (5.05 billion US$)
  • Netherlands with a share of 7.7% (895 million US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 5.27% (613 million US$)
  • Guatemala with a share of 5.13% (596 million US$)
  • Panama with a share of 4.17% (485 million US$)
  • Nicaragua with a share of 3.96% (461 million US$)
  • Honduras with a share of 3.19% (371 million US$)
  • El Salvador with a share of 2.69% (313 million US$)
  • Japan with a share of 2.22% (258 million US$)
  • Mexico with a share of 2.18% (254 million US$)

Exports structure from Costa Rica in 2020 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 33% (3.92 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 18.7% (2.17 billion US$): 08 - Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • 5.24% (610 million US$): 21 - Miscellaneous edible preparations
  • 3.55% (413 million US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 3.52% (409 million US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 2.98% (346 million US$): 20 - Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants
  • 2.93% (340 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 2.92% (340 million US$): 09 - Coffee, tea, matT and spices
  • 1.94% (226 million US$): 40 - Rubber and articles thereof
  • 1.66% (193 million US$): 48 - Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard

What did Costa Rica export in 2020?

Costa Rica's Top Exports in 2020:

  • 26% ($3.09 billion): 9018 - Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, including scintigraphic apparatus, other electro-medical apparatus and sight-testing instruments.
  • 9.31% ($1.08 billion): 0803 - Bananas, including plantains, fresh or dried.
  • 7.98% ($927 million): 0804 - Dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangoes and mangosteens, fresh or dried.
  • 5.17% ($601 million): 9021 - Orthopaedic appliances, including crutches, surgical belts and trusses; splints and other fracture appliances; artificial parts of the body; hearing aids and other appliances which are worn or carried, or implanted in the body, to compensate for a defect or disability.
  • 4.19% ($487 million): 2106 - Food preparations not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 2.83% ($328 million): 0901 - Coffee, whether or not roasted or decaffeinated; coffee husks and skins; coffee substitutes containing coffee in any proportion.
  • 1.48% ($172 million): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale.
  • 1.46% ($169 million): 2009 - Fruit juices (including grape must) and vegetable juices, unfermented and not containing added spirit, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.
  • 1.39% ($162 million): 3002 - Human blood; animal blood prepared for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic uses; antisera and other blood fractions and modified immunological products, whether or not obtained by means of biotechnological processes; vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms (excluding yeasts) and similar products.
  • 1.31% ($152 million): 4011 - New pneumatic tyres, of rubber.

The value of merchandise imports to Costa Rica totalled $ 14.4 billion in 2020. Overall commodity imports to Costa Rica decreased by 10.2% compared to 2019. Merchandise imports decreased by $ 1.65 billion (the value of merchandise imports to Costa Rica was equal to $16.1 billion in 2019)

Costa Rica's imports 2020 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of Costa Rica in 2020:

  • USA with a share of 37% (5.4 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 14.4% (2.09 billion US$)
  • Mexico with a share of 6.75% (976 million US$)
  • Guatemala with a share of 2.82% (408 million US$)
  • Germany with a share of 2.64% (382 million US$)
  • Brazil with a share of 2.11% (305 million US$)
  • Japan with a share of 2.09% (303 million US$)
  • Colombia with a share of 1.94% (281 million US$)
  • Areas, nes with a share of 1.89% (274 million US$)
  • Spain with a share of 1.72% (248 million US$)

Imports structure to Costa Rica in 2020 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 9.69% (1.4 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 9.67% (1.39 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 8.57% (1.23 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 6.47% (936 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 6.35% (918 million US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 5.82% (842 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 4.79% (693 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 4.33% (626 million US$): 48 - Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • 3.17% (458 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 2.6% (376 million US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel

What did Costa Rica import in 2020?

Costa Rica's Top Imports in 2020:

  • 5.81% ($841 million): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 4.02% ($582 million): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale.
  • 2.95% ($426 million): 8525 - Transmission apparatus for radio-telephony, radio-telegraphy, radio-broadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras; still image video cameras and other video camera recorders; digital cameras.
  • 2.62% ($378 million): 9018 - Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, including scintigraphic apparatus, other electro-medical apparatus and sight-testing instruments.
  • 2.56% ($370 million): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 2.51% ($363 million): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
  • 1.74% ($251 million): 3926 - Other articles of plastics and articles of other materials of headings 39.01 to 39.14.
  • 1.55% ($224 million): 4805 - Other uncoated paper and paperboard, in rolls or sheets, not further worked or processed than as specified in Note 3 to this Chapter.
  • 1.54% ($223 million): 9030 - Oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers and other instruments and apparatus for measuring or checking electrical quantities, excluding meters of heading 90.28; instruments and apparatus for measuring or detecting alpha, beta, gamma, X?ray, cosmic or other ionising radiations.
  • 1.4% ($203 million): 3002 - Human blood; animal blood prepared for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic uses; antisera and other blood fractions and modified immunological products, whether or not obtained by means of biotechnological processes; vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms (excluding yeasts) and similar products.

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Costa Rica | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2009 - 2020