Top Costa Rica Imports 2017
In 2017, Costa Rica bought US$15.9 billion worth of imported products down by -12.1% since 2013 but up by 3.9% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from the US

America's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$6.1 billion or 38.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.4 billion
  2. Plastics: $634.5 million
  3. Machinery: $605.6 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $537.1 million
  5. Paper: $324.2 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $291.6 million
  7. Cereals: $211.3 million
  8. Vehicles: $201.2 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $162.2 million
10. Oil seed: $131.4 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from China

China's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$2.1 billion or 13.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $471.6 million
  2. Machinery: $229.5 million
  3. Iron and steel: $171.3 million
  4. Vehicles: $118.7 million
  5. Plastics: $94.7 million
  6. Furniture, lighting, signs: $89.3 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $79.1 million
  8. Footwear: $70.5 million
  9. Toys, games: $69.9 million
10. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $65.8 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: $132.1 million
  2. Vehicles: $123 million
  3. Machinery: $92.4 million
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $77.9 million
  5. Perfumes, cosmetics: $70.3 million
  6. Plastics: $68.2 million
  7. Paper: $56.6 million
  8. Other food preparations: $32.3 million
  9. Rubber: $27.9 million
10. Iron or steel products: $27.3 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Guatemala

Guatemala's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$422 million or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Plastics: $49.1 million
  2. Soaps, lubricants, candles: $42.4 million
  3. Other chemical goods: $30.4 million
  4. Paper: $30.3 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $28.9 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $26 million
  7. Cereal, milk preparations:$21.9 million
  8. Rubber: $17.6 million
  9. Other food preparations: $17.2 million
10. Machinery: $13.5 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$404.5 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $120.7 million
  2. Machinery: $60.5 million
  3. Vehicles: $52.1 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $26.1 million
  5. Other chemical goods: $25.2 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $19.5 million
  7. Plastics: $19 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $9.6 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $6.7 million
10. Other food preparations: $5.7 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$387.1 million or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $229.6 million
  2. Machinery: $48.3 million
  3. Iron and steel: $45.5 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $15.1 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $11.6 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $9.4 million
  7. Rubber: $6.1 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $5.5 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $3 million
10. Plastics: $2.1 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Brazil

Brazil's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$306.9 million or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $42.6 million
  2. Machinery: $39 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $28.3 million
  4. Cereals: $17.9 million
  5. Plastics: $15.4 million
  6. Felt, yarn, twine, cordage: $13.9 million
  7. Rubber: $12.3 million
  8. Electronic equipment: $10.9 million
  9. Paper: $10.3 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $10.1 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Colombia

Colombia's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$299.4 million or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Plastics: $45.1 million
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $28 million
  3. Perfumes, cosmetics: $27.6 million
  4. Other chemical goods: $19 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $18.8 million
  6. Paper: $14.5 million
  7. Machinery: $14.5 million
  8. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $13.6 million
  9. Knit or crochet clothing: $13 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $10.9 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Spain

Spain's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$281.9 million or 1.77% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $34.5 million
  2. Machinery: $31.7 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $22.7 million
  4. Ceramic products: $17.6 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $15.8 million
  6. Other chemical goods: $12.1 million
  7. Furniture, lighting, signs: $10.3 million
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $9.9 million
  9. Plastics: $9.2 million
10. Iron and steel: $8.9 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Chile

Chile's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$280.2 million or 1.76% of its overall imports.

  1. Copper: $69.6 million
  2. Wood: $48.3 million
  3. Fruits, nuts: $28.3 million
  4. Meat: $26.6 million
  5. Plastics: $13.9 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $13.2 million
  7. Paper: $9.8 million
  8. Beverages: $9.2 million
  9. Dairy, eggs, honey: $8.1 million
10. Iron or steel products: $7 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Panama

Panama's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$268.7 million or 1.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $81.1 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $31.9 million
  3. Fish: $17.5 million
  4. Machinery: $15.5 million
  5. Dairy, eggs, honey: $9.5 million
  6. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $9 million
  7. Perfumes, cosmetics: $7.6 million
  8. Aluminum: $7.1 million
  9. Footwear: $6.9 million
10. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.6 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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