Costa Rica

U.S. Trade with Costa Rica in 2021

Export Market Rank
#29 Among U.S. Agricultural Export Markets
Total Export Value
$997 Million
3-Year Average
$821.74 Million
Compound Average Growth
4.5% (2012-2021)
Total Export Value 2012 - 2021
Export Value by Commodity 2021

Top 10 Exports to Costa Rica in 2021

Commodity Total Value (USD) Total Volume (Metric Tons) 10-Year Average Value (USD) 10-Year Growth
Corn $208.85 Million 782,262 $132.66 Million 93%
Soybeans $163.54 Million 292,223 $110.57 Million 0%
Soybean Meal $47.38 Million 103,198 $26.61 Million 146%
Dog & Cat Food $45.54 Million 27,172 $21.72 Million 269%
Pork & Pork Products $42.37 Million 12,586 $18.37 Million 482%
Processed Vegetables $38.66 Million 38,429 $28.19 Million 93%
Poultry Meat & Prods. (ex. Eggs) $33.28 Million 15,817 $24.46 Million 144%
Beef & Beef Products $32.07 Million 4,803 $14.14 Million 582%
Dairy Products $31.8 Million 8,089 $20.42 Million 151%
Food Preparations $27.03 Million 7,711 $20.86 Million 62%

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Data and Analysis

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Costa Rica: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Though area planted with genetically engineered crops continued to fall in 2022, expanded operations of another cottonseed producer, opportunities to increase pink pineapple exports, and a new government opposed to ‘red tape’ could reverse this trend in 2023. While neither livestock nor other animal producers in Costa Rica appear interested in animal biotechnology applications at this time, a regulatory structure exists.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Costa Rica: Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional

U.S. exports of consumer-oriented products rose 34 percent in 2021, climbing to $394 million, due in part to a strong recovery in the tourism sector. There were more than 1.4 million in-bound international travelers through July 2022, slightly off the pre-pandemic pace, but more than double 2021 levels and including nearly 820,000 Americans.
On July 6, the Government of Costa Rica published a draft executive decree that would dramatically reduce tariffs on imported milled and rough rice. The vast majority of U.S. rice exported to Costa Rica in 2021 (valued at $25 million) entered under a duty free quota for rough rice established by the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.

News and Features

June 17, 2022
Export Sales Announcement

Export Sales to Costa Rica and Unknown Destinations

Private exporters reported the following activity: 144,907 MT of corn for delivery to Costa Rica during MY 2022/2023 and 105,664 MT of corn for delivery to unknown destinations during MY 2021/2022.
WASHINGTON, February 12, 2021—Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the following activity: Export sales of 195,338 metric tons of corn for delivery to Costa Rica. Of the total, 135,644 metric tons is for delivery during...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2020 Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities to early and mid-career...

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