Top Costa Rica Imports 2015
In 2015, Costa Rica bought US$15.5 billion worth of imported products down by 15.1% since 2011 and down by 9.8% from 2014 to 2015.
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from the US

America's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$6.2 billion or 39.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $1.3 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $672 million
  3. Plastics: $606.3 million
  4. Machinery: $598.9 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $330 million
  6. Paper: $299.3 million
  7. Cereals: $202.7 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $175.7 million
  9. Vehicles: $170.1 million
10. Railway, tram equipment: $153.8 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from China

China's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$1.9 billion or 12.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $493.9 million
  2. Machinery: $217.3 million
  3. Vehicles: $120.4 million
  4. Iron and steel: $100.2 million
  5. Footwear: $88.6 million
  6. Plastics: $79.7 million
  7. Furniture, lighting, signs: $70.6 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $67.5 million
  9. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $64.8 million
10. Rubber: $53 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Mexico

Mexico's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$1.2 billion or 7.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $178.1 million
  2. Vehicles: $111.7 million
  3. Machinery: $107 million
  4. Perfumes, cosmetics: $71.7 million
  5. Plastics: $69.4 million
  6. Paper: $65.4 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $61.9 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $36.2 million
  9. Cereal, milk preparations: $31.3 million
10. Other food preparations: $25.4 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$418.8 million or 2.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $236.6 million
  2. Iron and steel: $70.1 million
  3. Machinery: $41.2 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $13.5 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $10.4 million
  6. Gems, precious metals: $8.7 million
  7. Ceramic products: $6.7 million
  8. Rubber: $5.9 million
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $5.5 million
10. Plastics: $3.3 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Guatemala

Guatemala's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$399.2 million or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Plastics: $43.1 million
  2. Soaps, lubricants, candles: $33.7 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $28.7 million
  4. Other chemical goods: $28 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $27.9 million
  6. Cereal, milk preparations: $21.1 million
  7. Machinery: $19.7 million
  8. Paper: $19.3 million
  9. Other food preparations: $16.4 million
10. Rubber: $13.7 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Korea

South Korea's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$391 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $176.9 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $119.5 million
  3. Iron and steel: $25.6 million
  4. Machinery: $11 million
  5. Rubber: $11 million
  6. Plastics: $10.6 million
  7. Beverages: $6.4 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $5.3 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $4.3 million
10. Pharmaceuticals: $4.1 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$378.5 million or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $94.9 million
  2. Vehicles: $73.9 million
  3. Machinery: $42.7 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $31.7 million
  5. Other chemical goods: $29.2 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $25.9 million
  7. Plastics: $12.6 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $9.8 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $6.6 million
10. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $3.7 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Colombia

Colombia's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$307 million or 2% of its overall imports.

  1. Plastics: $55.4 million
  2. Other chemical goods: $33.9 million
  3. Perfumes, cosmetics: $24 million
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $22.1 million
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $14.1 million
  6. Paper: $13.3 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $10.6 million
  8. Inorganic chemicals: $10.2 million
  9. Machinery: $9.8 million
10. Knit or crochet clothing: $9.5 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Brazil

Brazil's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$296 million or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $48.3 million
  2. Cereals: $34.6 million
  3. Machinery: $30.6 million
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $26.8 million
  5. Plastics: $14.2 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $13.2 million
  7. Felt, yarn, twine, cordage: $12.3 million
  8. Rubber: $11 million
  9. Paper: $10.4 million
10. Other chemical goods: $8.2 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Panama

Panama's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$285.6 million or 1.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $72.4 million
  2. Machinery: $21.9 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $21.2 million
  4. Fish: $21.1 million
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $15.9 million
  6. Aluminum: $11 million
  7. Dairy, eggs, honey: $10.9 million
  8. Knit or crochet clothing: $7 million
  9. Footwear: $6.7 million
10. Paper: $6.7 million
Top 10 Costa Rica Imports from Chile

Chile's exports to Costa Rica amounted to
$268.4 million or 1.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Copper: $91.3 million
  2. Wood: $41.9 million
  3. Fruits, nuts: $19.6 million
  4. Meat: $14.7 million
  5. Plastics: $11.8 million
  6. Paper: $11.5 million
  7. Beverages: $10.4 million
  8. Dairy, eggs, honey: $8.1 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $6.7 million
10. Other food preparations: $5.7 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