Exporting guide to Costa Rica
UK-Central America association agreement
The UK has signed an association agreement with a number of Central American countries, including Costa Rica. Read our latest updates for more information on the status of this agreement and how it may benefit your business.
Top five UK goods exported to Costa Rica, in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022
|Specialised machinery (capital)||4.6|
|Medicinal & pharmaceutical products||3.1|
|Plastics in non-primary forms||3.1|
Total import value (into the UK from Costa Rica) and export value (from the UK into Costa Rica) over time
|Year||Imports (£million)||Exports (£million)||Total trade (£million)|
ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: July 2022
Total trade is the sum of all exports and imports over the same time period.
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Opportunities for exporters
The Department for International Trade team in San José has identified opportunities for UK companies in the following sectors.
A wide rage of biodiversity
Despite Costa Rica being a small country (accounting for only 0.03% of the earth's surface) it possesses 6% of the world's biodiversity. Therefore it is a natural laboratory for green innovation which gives the opportunity to do R&D (Investment Promotion Agency of Costa Rica, 2022).
British exporters will find world-class companies to partner with. Costa Rica is home to 13 of the top 20 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and 16 top technology leaders. Therefore you can partner with recognised medical device, pharma, and biotech companies (Investment Promotion Agency of Costa Rica, 2022).
Costa Rica's location means that maritime transport has become the most widely used means of trade. The government is looking to renovate Limón-Moín Port, one of the 2 most important maritime ports in the country (Esencial Costa Rica, 2022).
The Electric Passenger Train of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of Costa Rica Project is a great opportunity for UK companies that can provide goods and services in infrastructure. The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) finances this project.
Growing market potential
Cyber security is becoming a priority for businesses, government organisations and any users on the web. It's a technology in which 82% of multinational service companies in Costa Rica plan to invest (Investment Promotion Agency of Costa Rica, 2022).
Costa Rica is ranked second in Latin America and 27th worldwide in programming skills. It's ranked top for digital skills in Latin America (Investment Promotion Agency of Costa Rica, 2022).