U.S.-Costa Rica Trade Facts
Costa Rica is currently our 34th largest goods trading partner with $19.2 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2012. Goods exports totaled $7.2 billion; Goods imports totaled $12.0 billion. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Costa Rica was $4.8 billion in 2012.
Costa Rica was the United States' 37th largest goods export market in 2012.
U.S. goods exports to Costa Rica in 2012 were $7.2 billion, up 18.7% ($1.1 billion) from 2011 and up 131% from 2002. U.S. Exports to Costa Rica were up 26.7% from 2008 (Pre-FTA).
The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2012 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($2.1 million), Electrical Machinery ($1.5 billion), Machinery ($547 million), Plastic ($408 million), and Optic and Medical Instruments ($357 million).
U.S. exports of agricultural products to Costa Rica totaled $631 million in 2012. Leading categories include: soybeans ($163 million), coarse grains ($108 million), wheat ($42 million), and rice ($38 million).
Costa Rica was the United States' 30th largest supplier of goods imports in 2011.
U.S. goods imports from Costa Rica totaled $12.0 billion in 2012, a 19.0% increase ($1.9 billion) from 2011, and up 283% from 2002. U.S. imports from Costa Rica were up 206% from 2008 (Pre-FTA).
The five largest import categories in 2012 were: Electrical Machinery ($8.1 billion), Optic and Medical Instruments ($1.1 billion), Edible Fruit and Nuts (pineapples and bananas) ($858 million), Special Other (low valued shipments) ($311 million), and Spices, Coffee, and Tea (mainly coffee) ($255 million).
U.S. imports of agricultural products from Costa Rica totaled $1.5 billion in 2012, the 20th largest supplier of Ag imports. Leading categories include: fresh fruit (excluding bananas) ($455 million), bananas and plantains ($382 million), and coffee (unroasted) ($249 million).
The U.S. goods trade deficit with Costa Rica was $4.8 billion in 2012, up 19.4% ($788 million) from 2011.
U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Costa Rica (stock) was $1.5 billion in 2011 (latest data available), down 5.9% from 2010.
U.S. direct investment in Costa Rica is led by the manufacturing sector.
Costa Rica's Foreign Direct Investment in the United States (stock) was not available in 2011.
NOTE: No services trade data with Costa Rica is available.