US trade (export - import) with Costa Rica in 2014

Published or Updated: Feb 07, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Costa Rica in 2014: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Costa Rica

In 2014, US trade with Costa Rica was $16.7 billion, down 13.76% ($2.7 billion) from 2013.

US exports to Costa Rica in 2014 were $7.0 billion, down 3.59% ($0.3 billion) from 2013.

US imports from Costa Rica in 2014 were $9.8 billion, down 19.80% ($2.4 billion) from 2013.

US trade deficit with Costa Rica in 2014 was $2.8 billion, a 43.44% decrease ($2.2 billion) over 2013.

Costa Rica was the US 35th largest trading partner in 2014 (down from 33rd in 2013), accounting for 0.42% of US total trade (down from 0.50% in 2013).

Costa Rica was the US 38th largest export market in 2014 (down from 37th in 2013), accounting for 0.43% of US total exports (down from 0.46% in 2013).

Costa Rica was the US 36th largest supplier in 2014 (down from 29th in 2013), accounting for 0.41% of US total imports (down from 0.52% in 2013).

US Exports to Costa Rica

The major share of US exports to Costa Rica in 2014 (and in 2013) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 37.87% of US total exports to Costa Rica (40.39% in 2013);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 27.54% of US total exports to Costa Rica (28.27% in 2013);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.43% of US total exports to Costa Rica (10.85% in 2013);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.69% of US total exports to Costa Rica (6.75% in 2013);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.03% of US total exports to Costa Rica (3.58% in 2013);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.56% of US total exports to Costa Rica (2.58% in 2013);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.86% of US total exports to Costa Rica (1.68% in 2013).

The largest gains in US exports to Costa Rica in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $201.7 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $100.6 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $36.2 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $22.3 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $21.1 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Costa Rica in 2014 over 2013 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) - a decrease of $520.3 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $125.9 million.
US exports to Costa Rica in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2014
over 2013
(%)
01 Live animals 3,813.0 0.05 3,644.74.62
02 Meat and edible meat offal 27,798.1 0.40 27,937.0-0.50
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,601.3 0.04 2,548.12.09
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 17,154.9 0.25 13,137.830.58
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,897.8 0.03 2,933.3-35.30
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 194.8 0.00 154.026.47
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,799.0 0.05 3,028.125.46
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 28,346.4 0.41 28,526.2-0.63
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 4,373.8 0.06 6,463.5-32.33
10 Cereals 225,233.2 3.23 124,643.080.70
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,693.8 0.02 2,245.1-24.56
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 81,533.0 1.17 66,587.322.45
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 934.5 0.01 1,406.2-33.54
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 29.9 0.00 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 8,343.0 0.12 7,204.815.80
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 12,073.6 0.17 8,170.647.77
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 8,204.1 0.12 8,516.6-3.67
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 12,642.3 0.18 10,816.816.88
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 21,717.6 0.31 19,949.98.86
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 42,523.2 0.61 40,276.25.58
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 39,771.0 0.57 40,023.2-0.63
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 9,735.0 0.14 7,613.127.87
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 50,418.3 0.72 61,058.1-17.43
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 528.9 0.01 339.056.02
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 11,170.5 0.16 9,318.919.87
26 Ores, slag and ash 369.3 0.01 363.81.53
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,906,166.6 27.37 2,032,040.9-6.19
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 25,842.7 0.37 30,271.5-14.63
29 Organic chemicals 35,315.7 0.51 36,426.2-3.05
30 Pharmaceutical products 13,869.6 0.20 19,432.4-28.63
31 Fertilizers 37,830.9 0.54 50,336.9-24.84
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 34,285.7 0.49 37,863.9-9.45
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 33,529.4 0.48 30,394.210.32
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 25,038.9 0.36 27,366.0-8.50
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 11,688.3 0.17 12,117.6-3.54
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 1,209.8 0.02 927.130.49
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 5,162.2 0.07 4,995.13.35
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 68,778.6 0.99 63,554.08.22
39 Plastics and articles thereof 462,456.9 6.64 426,304.78.48
40 Rubber and articles thereof 40,811.4 0.59 43,528.3-6.24
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 4,482.0 0.06 4,670.5-4.04
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3,411.5 0.05 8,279.8-58.80
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 3.2 0.00 36.7-91.38
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 5,004.8 0.07 4,876.22.64
45 Cork and articles of cork 48.5 0.00 46.24.90
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 77.1 0.00 8.7790.20
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 9,795.2 0.14 9,840.2-0.46
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 248,732.8 3.57 230,413.67.95
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 17,102.5 0.25 13,462.327.04
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 9.0-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 2,992.6 0.04 2,728.19.70
52 Cotton 3,987.8 0.06 2,716.846.78
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 100.3 0.00 69.145.25
54 Man-made filaments 20,969.9 0.30 16,393.427.92
55 Man-made staple fibers 3,432.4 0.05 3,598.1-4.60
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 22,722.8 0.33 17,981.226.37
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2,097.2 0.03 2,490.4-15.79
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2,658.2 0.04 2,939.9-9.58
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 12,029.8 0.17 9,073.832.58
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 2,946.2 0.04 3,711.3-20.62
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8,711.9 0.13 10,724.8-18.77
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 18,435.7 0.26 18,447.5-0.06
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 18,237.6 0.26 18,457.6-1.19
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 8,219.7 0.12 10,572.4-22.25
65 Headgear and parts thereof 871.2 0.01 1,088.5-19.97
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 275.0 0.00 271.91.13
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 545.0 0.01 281.493.68
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 14,478.6 0.21 12,472.816.08
69 Ceramic products 5,599.5 0.08 6,679.0-16.16
70 Glass and glassware 10,625.2 0.15 6,882.754.37
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 27,834.5 0.40 27,716.50.43
72 Iron and steel 31,501.5 0.45 45,644.6-30.99
73 Articles of iron or steel 71,096.7 1.02 57,303.824.07
74 Copper and articles thereof 9,010.8 0.13 10,011.1-9.99
75 Nickel and articles thereof 6,178.5 0.09 3,917.757.71
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 14,886.8 0.21 17,880.0-16.74
78 Lead and articles thereof 404.0 0.01 562.7-28.21
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,292.3 0.02 377.4242.40
80 Tin and articles thereof 457.9 0.01 230.998.31
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 14,830.6 0.21 17,831.1-16.83
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 18,170.5 0.26 20,331.7-10.63
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 10,232.4 0.15 12,483.4-18.03
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 566,585.9 8.14 565,257.10.24
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 1,159,464.4 16.65 1,679,735.7-30.97
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 2,977.7 0.04 4,064.6-26.74
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 152,017.0 2.18 129,680.717.22
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 349,587.7 5.02 147,907.4136.36
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 46,040.5 0.66 24,928.384.69
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 360,581.5 5.18 366,086.4-1.50
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 13,463.8 0.19 7,623.976.60
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 2,637.2 0.04 2,363.811.57
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 2,264.1 0.03 2,298.7-1.51
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 36,170.8 0.52 35,014.23.30
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 26,452.3 0.38 22,003.420.22
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 13,637.3 0.20 13,333.52.28
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,745.7 0.03 803.0117.39
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 257,072.9 3.69 276,320.8-6.97

US Imports from Costa Rica

The major share of US imports from Costa Rica in 2014 (and in 2013) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 73.63% of US total imports from Costa Rica (76.76% in 2013);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 19.24% of US total imports from Costa Rica (14.82% in 2013);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.67% of US total imports from Costa Rica (2.16% in 2013).

The largest gains in US imports from Costa Rica in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $164.0 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $110.4 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Costa Rica in 2014 over the 2013 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) - a decrease of $2,302.1 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $284.2 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $33.0 million.
US imports from Costa Rica in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2013
USD thousand)
Change
in 2014
over 2013
(%)
01 Live animals 1,080.8 0.01 1,082.9-0.19
02 Meat and edible meat offal 48,644.7 0.50 32,512.949.62
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 98,165.7 1.01 110,827.9-11.43
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 385.5 0.00 274.140.63
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 605.4 0.01 573.95.48
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 63,376.8 0.65 60,110.85.43
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 111,376.3 1.14 113,875.3-2.19
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,151,258.4 11.79 1,040,897.410.60
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 193,109.7 1.98 208,177.4-7.24
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 32.9-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 34.4 0.00 6.2454.38
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 9,735.2 0.10 13,255.0-26.55
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,395.5 0.02 2,237.27.07
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 753.4 0.01 681.410.57
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,900.3 0.04 4,254.0-8.31
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 35,400.0 0.36 18,364.992.76
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,328.0 0.01 750.676.92
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,587.9 0.09 9,574.9-10.31
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 132,417.7 1.36 136,764.8-3.18
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 10,967.3 0.11 10,195.47.57
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,649.7 0.03 35,636.6-92.56
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,547.4 0.03 3,564.9-28.54
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 373.3 0.00 389.5-4.15
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 7.7 0.00 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 87.9-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 14.1 0.00 11.225.59
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 91.3 0.00 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 241.6 0.00 187.129.12
30 Pharmaceutical products 795.2 0.01 1,460.8-45.56
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,517.2 0.02 1,517.00.01
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 6,214.7 0.06 5,811.36.94
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 1,764.5 0.02 1,838.7-4.04
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 76.4 0.00 114.4-33.22
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0.0 0.00 6.2-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,063.6 0.01 1,120.4-5.06
39 Plastics and articles thereof 126,779.6 1.30 109,007.116.30
40 Rubber and articles thereof 122,542.1 1.25 141,706.2-13.52
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 16.6 0.00 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 5,018.9 0.05 4,845.23.58
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.0 0.00 1.6-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,098.8 0.01 1,717.1-36.01
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 5.1-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,179.6 0.05 4,922.75.22
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 508.2 0.01 816.3-37.75
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 15.5 0.00 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 12.2 0.00 0.91,198.30
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3,311.9 0.03 1,240.5166.97
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 7.4 0.00 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 729.5 0.01 674.98.09
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,715.7 0.03 2,385.513.84
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 44.1 0.00 565.3-92.19
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 26,963.5 0.28 35,851.8-24.79
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 56,613.1 0.58 73,680.0-23.16
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,201.4 0.01 1,201.20.01
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 99.6 0.00 77.728.22
65 Headgear and parts thereof 31.2 0.00 37.1-15.93
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 22.7 0.00 33.1-31.36
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4,754.5 0.05 6,153.8-22.74
69 Ceramic products 1,903.7 0.02 3,947.9-51.78
70 Glass and glassware 7,599.0 0.08 14,858.3-48.86
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 62,714.1 0.64 70,750.8-11.36
72 Iron and steel 3,687.8 0.04 2,648.239.25
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,914.4 0.07 11,778.3-41.30
74 Copper and articles thereof 14,395.6 0.15 13,626.65.64
75 Nickel and articles thereof 5,680.6 0.06 2,197.1158.55
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 33,524.7 0.34 27,466.022.06
80 Tin and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 37.3-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 298.5 0.00 231.329.06
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,762.8 0.03 3,211.1-13.96
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 419.2 0.00 780.5-46.29
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 107,022.7 1.10 124,475.0-14.02
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 5,762,363.2 59.00 8,064,433.8-28.55
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 4.8 0.00 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 34,415.8 0.35 36,178.2-4.87
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 186.9 0.00 427.3-56.26
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,087.1 0.01 481.1125.95
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,285,481.8 13.16 1,121,523.214.62
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 39.1 0.00 398.0-90.18
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 16.9 0.00 25.6-34.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,434.1 0.01 835.771.61
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 15,145.5 0.16 16,657.6-9.08
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 24,600.0 0.25 23,607.24.21
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,860.7 0.03 8,151.0-64.90
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 459.9 0.00 567.6-18.98
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 142,346.5 1.46 426,593.1-66.63
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce