Top Costa Rica Imports 2016
In 2016, Costa Rica bought US$15.3 billion worth of imported products down by -16.5% since 2012 and down by -1.2% from 2015 to 2016.
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from the US

America's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$5.7 billion or 37.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $592.4 million
  3. Plastics: $587.5 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $497.8 million
  5. Paper: $339.6 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $302.6 million
  7. Cereal, milk preparations: $203 million
  8. Vehicles: $190.4 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $154.7 million
10. Oil seed: $132.7 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from China

China's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$2.1 billion or 13.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $468.5 million
  2. Machinery: $243.1 million
  3. Vehicles: $164.6 million
  4. Iron and steel: $132.9 million
  5. Plastics: $85.4 million
  6. Footwear: $82.7 million
  7. Furniture, lighting, signs: $77.5 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $73.2 million
  9. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $61.8 million
10. Toys, games: $59.4 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Mexico

Mexico's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$1.1 billion or 7% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $133.8 million
  2. Vehicles: $115.9 million
  3. Machinery: $84.5 million
  4. Plastics: $70.2 million
  5. Perfumes, cosmetics: $69.3 million
  6. Paper: $61 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $60.2 million
  8. Cereal, milk preparations:$29 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $28.2 million
10. Other food preparations: $25.6 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Guatemala

Guatemala's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$416.7 million or 2.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Plastics: $47.2 million
  2. Soaps, lubricants, candles: $38.8 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $33 million
  4. Other chemical goods: $28.3 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $27.7 million
  6. Paper: $26.2 million
  7. Cereal, milk preparations:$20.2 million
  8. Machinery: $19.3 million
  9. Other food preparations: $17.4 million
10. Beverages: $12 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$415.1 million or 2.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $270.1 million
  2. Iron and steel: $45.1 million
  3. Machinery: $43.6 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $17.2 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $10.2 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $6 million
  7. Rubber: $5.8 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $3.7 million
  9. Plastics: $2.3 million
10. Iron or steel products: $1.4 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$388.3 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $95.7 million
  2. Machinery: $62.8 million
  3. Vehicles: $56.1 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $28.4 million
  5. Other chemical goods: $27.9 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $22.6 million
  7. Plastics: $15.6 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $10.2 million
  9. Milling products: $6.2 million
10. Iron or steel products: $5.6 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Brazil

Brazil's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$330.1 million or 2.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $53.4 million
  2. Machinery: $41 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $33.1 million
  4. Iron and steel: $26.2 million
  5. Cereal, milk preparations: $19.8 million
  6. Felt, yarn, twine, cordage: $13.8 million
  7. Plastics: $13.1 million
  8. Paper: $12.1 million
  9. Rubber: $11.3 million
10. Footwear: $8 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Colombia

Colombia's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$292.7 million or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Plastics: $44.4 million
  2. Perfumes, cosmetics: $28.4 million
  3. Other chemical goods: $25.6 million
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $25.5 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $16.8 million
  6. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $14.2 million
  7. Machinery: $13.9 million
  8. Knit or crochet clothing: $12.7 million
  9. Paper: $10.8 million
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $5.8 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Panama

Panama's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$290.9 million or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $79.1 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $27.7 million
  3. Machinery: $23.1 million
  4. Fish: $13.8 million
  5. Mineral fuels including oil: $13.7 million
  6. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $13.6 million
  7. Aluminum: $11.3 million
  8. Dairy, eggs, honey: $10.4 million
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $7.7 million
10. Vehicles: $7.4 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Chile

Chile's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$282.4 million or 1.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Copper: $84.7 million
  2. Wood: $50.7 million
  3. Fruits, nuts: $28.4 million
  4. Meat: $21.4 million
  5. Plastics: $14.2 million
  6. Beverages: $9.8 million
  7. Paper: $7.9 million
  8. Other food preparations: $7.3 million
  9. Dairy, eggs, honey: $6.3 million
10. Iron or steel products: $6.2 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Korea

South Korea's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$256.9 million or 1.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $182.2 million
  2. Machinery: $12.4 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $9.1 million
  4. Plastics: $8.4 million
  5. Rubber: $8.1 million
  6. Beverages: $6.7 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $5.2 million
  8. Iron and steel: $5 million
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $5 million
10. Organic chemicals: $2.2 million
Fastest-Growing Costa Rica Imports
Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis
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