Costa Rica’s economy growth rate slowed in 2018 to 2.7 percent compared with an average rate of growth of 3.8 percent over the ten previous years. The introduction of fiscal austerity measures, national strikes against those fiscal measures, and a decline in the worldwide growth rate contributed to this slowdown. Nonetheless, Costa Rica´s market presents a good opportunity for exporters of U.S. products, which are generally regarded as being of high quality. The CAFTA Free Trade Agreement provides opportunities for U.S. products. In 2018, the United States exported $733 million of agriculture products, which was 21 percent more than in 2017, and exports are projected to increase by 10 percent in 2019. The leading prospects for consumer-oriented products are U.S. prime beef cuts, juices, animal feed and fish products. U.S. exports of consumer-oriented products reached $ 291 million in 2018.