US trade (export - import) with Costa Rica in 2013

Published or Updated: Feb 01, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Costa Rica in 2013: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Costa Rica

In 2013, US trade with Costa Rica was $19.4 billion, down 0.73% ($0.1 billion) from 2012.

US exports to Costa Rica in 2013 were $7.2 billion, down 0.18% ($0.0 billion) from 2012.

US imports from Costa Rica in 2013 were $12.2 billion, down 1.05% ($0.1 billion) from 2012.

US trade deficit with Costa Rica in 2013 was $5.0 billion, a 2.30% decrease ($0.1 billion) over 2012.

Costa Rica was the US 33rd largest trading partner in 2013 (up from 34th in 2012), accounting for 0.4969% of US total trade (down from 0.5037% in 2012).

Costa Rica was the US 37th largest export market in 2013 (just as in 2012), accounting for 0.4579% of US total exports (down from 0.4684% in 2012).

Costa Rica was the US 29th largest supplier in 2013 (up from 30th in 2012), accounting for 0.5234% of US total imports (down from 0.5271% in 2012).

US Exports to Costa Rica

The major share of US exports to Costa Rica in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 40.39% of US total exports to Costa Rica (37.63% in 2012);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 28.27% of US total exports to Costa Rica (29.90% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.85% of US total exports to Costa Rica (10.69% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.75% of US total exports to Costa Rica (8.67% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.58% of US total exports to Costa Rica (3.22% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.58% of US total exports to Costa Rica (2.58% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.68% of US total exports to Costa Rica (1.59% in 2012).

The largest gains in US exports to Costa Rica in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - an increase of $223.5 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $35.4 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Costa Rica in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $120.7 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $112.5 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $63.0 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $25.4 million.
US exports to Costa Rica in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2012
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
01 Live animals 3,644.7 0.05 2,952.423.45
02 Meat and edible meat offal 27,937.0 0.39 21,399.430.55
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,548.1 0.04 2,476.62.89
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 13,137.8 0.18 12,603.94.24
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 2,933.3 0.04 2,726.37.59
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 154.0 0.00 210.2-26.74
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,028.1 0.04 2,223.036.21
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 28,526.2 0.39 27,040.15.50
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 6,463.5 0.09 4,586.940.91
10 Cereals 124,643.0 1.73 187,666.2-33.58
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 2,245.1 0.03 2,344.6-4.25
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 66,587.3 0.92 179,094.2-62.82
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1,406.2 0.02 2,286.4-38.50
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 49.8-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,204.8 0.10 8,313.9-13.34
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 8,170.6 0.11 5,716.342.93
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 8,516.6 0.12 8,685.7-1.95
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 10,816.8 0.15 9,831.710.02
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 19,949.9 0.28 16,815.018.64
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 40,276.2 0.56 35,335.313.98
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 40,023.2 0.55 33,370.319.94
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 7,613.1 0.11 7,670.5-0.75
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 61,058.1 0.85 53,936.313.20
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 339.0 0.00 105.2222.14
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 9,318.9 0.13 10,676.3-12.71
26 Ores, slag and ash 363.8 0.01 358.51.47
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,032,040.9 28.13 2,152,781.3-5.61
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 30,271.5 0.42 34,085.8-11.19
29 Organic chemicals 36,426.2 0.50 38,771.5-6.05
30 Pharmaceutical products 19,432.4 0.27 18,616.94.38
31 Fertilizers 50,336.9 0.70 36,617.237.47
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 37,863.9 0.52 33,228.013.95
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 30,394.2 0.42 32,071.9-5.23
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 27,366.0 0.38 22,407.622.13
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 12,117.6 0.17 13,556.1-10.61
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 927.1 0.01 992.8-6.61
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 4,995.1 0.07 6,632.3-24.69
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 63,554.0 0.88 78,884.3-19.43
39 Plastics and articles thereof 426,304.7 5.90 408,399.04.38
40 Rubber and articles thereof 43,528.3 0.60 49,547.7-12.15
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 4,670.5 0.06 3,910.419.44
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 8,279.8 0.11 5,074.863.15
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 36.7 0.00 39.0-5.90
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,876.2 0.07 5,697.1-14.41
45 Cork and articles of cork 46.2 0.00 19.7134.78
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 8.7 0.00 100.9-91.41
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 9,840.2 0.14 14,002.1-29.72
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 230,413.6 3.19 195,033.518.14
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 13,462.3 0.19 17,896.9-24.78
50 Silk 9.0 0.00 0.0
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 2,728.1 0.04 2,913.8-6.37
52 Cotton 2,716.8 0.04 2,803.0-3.07
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 69.1 0.00 138.0-49.97
54 Man-made filaments 16,393.4 0.23 12,406.032.14
55 Man-made staple fibers 3,598.1 0.05 3,154.814.05
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 17,981.2 0.25 17,494.32.78
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2,490.4 0.03 2,199.113.24
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2,939.9 0.04 4,069.5-27.76
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 9,073.8 0.13 12,996.3-30.18
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 3,711.3 0.05 4,971.9-25.36
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 10,724.8 0.15 11,089.2-3.29
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 18,447.5 0.26 12,186.851.37
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 18,457.6 0.26 18,473.8-0.09
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 10,572.4 0.15 9,094.116.26
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,088.5 0.02 852.827.65
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 271.9 0.00 208.630.37
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 281.4 0.00 184.552.50
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 12,472.8 0.17 11,258.610.78
69 Ceramic products 6,679.0 0.09 5,606.819.12
70 Glass and glassware 6,882.7 0.10 8,756.5-21.40
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 27,716.5 0.38 26,553.94.38
72 Iron and steel 45,644.6 0.63 39,580.915.32
73 Articles of iron or steel 57,303.8 0.79 56,163.72.03
74 Copper and articles thereof 10,011.1 0.14 13,597.3-26.37
75 Nickel and articles thereof 3,917.7 0.05 4,448.6-11.93
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 17,880.0 0.25 17,618.51.48
78 Lead and articles thereof 562.7 0.01 336.367.34
79 Zinc and articles thereof 377.4 0.01 467.9-19.34
80 Tin and articles thereof 230.9 0.00 322.1-28.30
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 17,831.1 0.25 19,680.5-9.40
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 20,331.7 0.28 20,439.1-0.53
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 12,483.4 0.17 13,775.4-9.38
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 565,257.1 7.83 546,367.33.46
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 1,679,735.7 23.25 1,456,196.115.35
86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds 4,064.6 0.06 2,274.178.74
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 129,680.7 1.80 155,072.7-16.37
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 147,907.4 2.05 163,440.5-9.50
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 24,928.3 0.35 42,444.1-41.27
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 366,086.4 5.07 357,304.02.46
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 7,623.9 0.11 1,712.2345.27
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 2,363.8 0.03 4,536.0-47.89
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 2,298.7 0.03 2,417.1-4.90
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 35,014.2 0.48 32,081.69.14
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 22,003.4 0.30 21,383.42.90
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 13,333.5 0.18 10,868.422.68
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 803.0 0.01 689.916.40
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 276,320.8 3.83 279,166.6-1.02

US Imports from Costa Rica

The major share of US imports from Costa Rica in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 76.76% of US total imports from Costa Rica (76.07% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 14.82% of US total imports from Costa Rica (15.06% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.16% of US total imports from Costa Rica (2.16% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.95% of US total imports from Costa Rica (1.39% in 2012).

The largest gains in US imports from Costa Rica in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $48.3 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Costa Rica in 2013 over the 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $57.2 million;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $56.9 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $38.2 million.
US imports from Costa Rica in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2012
USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
01 Live animals 1,082.9 0.01 969.511.70
02 Meat and edible meat offal 32,512.9 0.27 30,586.06.30
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 110,827.9 0.91 112,855.2-1.80
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 274.1 0.00 234.017.14
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 573.9 0.00 484.618.43
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 60,110.8 0.49 64,625.4-6.99
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 113,875.3 0.94 102,529.611.07
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,040,897.4 8.55 992,561.84.87
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 208,177.4 1.71 265,415.3-21.57
10 Cereals 32.9 0.00 37.5-12.25
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 6.2 0.00 1,596.5-99.61
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 13,255.0 0.11 14,267.5-7.10
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,237.2 0.02 424.5426.97
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 681.4 0.01 687.6-0.90
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4,254.0 0.03 3,065.938.75
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 18,364.9 0.15 75,225.8-75.59
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 750.6 0.01 589.027.44
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 9,574.9 0.08 9,208.23.98
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 136,764.8 1.12 131,436.64.05
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 10,195.4 0.08 18,203.7-43.99
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 35,636.6 0.29 25,612.239.14
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,564.9 0.03 2,450.545.48
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 389.5 0.00 215.780.58
26 Ores, slag and ash 87.9 0.00 20.2334.52
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11.2 0.00 167.0-93.28
29 Organic chemicals 187.1 0.00 67.3178.08
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,460.8 0.01 876.766.63
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,517.0 0.01 1,641.7-7.60
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5,811.3 0.05 8,141.4-28.62
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 1,838.7 0.02 1,332.737.97
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 114.4 0.00 89.827.36
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 6.2 0.00 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,120.4 0.01 1,275.6-12.17
39 Plastics and articles thereof 109,007.1 0.90 105,572.13.25
40 Rubber and articles thereof 141,706.2 1.16 147,123.6-3.68
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 87.1-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 4,845.2 0.04 4,027.520.30
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1.6 0.00 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,717.1 0.01 1,677.02.39
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 5.1 0.00 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4,922.7 0.04 5,462.9-9.89
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 816.3 0.01 685.319.13
54 Man-made filaments 0.9 0.00 279.7-99.66
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 10.8-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,240.5 0.01 3,501.6-64.57
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 674.9 0.01 735.0-8.18
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,385.5 0.02 2,210.77.91
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 565.3 0.00 420.934.28
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 35,851.8 0.29 50,977.7-29.67
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 73,680.0 0.61 111,879.8-34.14
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,201.2 0.01 1,382.6-13.12
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 77.7 0.00 121.1-35.85
65 Headgear and parts thereof 37.1 0.00 50.5-26.56
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 33.1 0.00 27.719.53
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 6.9 0.00 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6,153.8 0.05 7,307.5-15.79
69 Ceramic products 3,947.9 0.03 2,794.741.26
70 Glass and glassware 14,858.3 0.12 12,499.218.87
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 70,750.8 0.58 92,216.2-23.28
72 Iron and steel 2,648.2 0.02 2,977.7-11.07
73 Articles of iron or steel 11,778.3 0.10 10,030.717.42
74 Copper and articles thereof 13,626.6 0.11 13,778.4-1.10
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,197.1 0.02 1,281.571.44
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 27,466.0 0.23 33,918.6-19.02
78 Lead and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 37.3 0.00 5.3601.26
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 231.3 0.00 1,082.4-78.63
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3,211.1 0.03 4,529.2-29.10
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 780.5 0.01 553.640.98
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 124,475.0 1.02 159,904.2-22.16
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 8,064,433.8 66.23 8,078,073.7-0.17
86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds 0.0 0.00 71.7-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 36,178.2 0.30 26,723.835.38
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 427.3 0.00 626.2-31.76
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 481.1 0.00 592.9-18.86
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,121,523.2 9.21 1,096,069.12.32
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 398.0 0.00 16.62,301.78
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 25.6 0.00 0.0
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 835.7 0.01 1,121.6-25.49
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 16,657.6 0.14 15,565.67.02
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 23,607.2 0.19 21,652.09.03
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 8,151.0 0.07 12,910.8-36.87
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 567.6 0.00 880.2-35.51
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 426,593.1 3.50 406,428.24.96
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce