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Costa Rica

Costa Rica ranked No. 42 in total trade value through September with a total of $8.34 billion. Exports totaled $4.5 billion and Imports totaled $3.84 billion, a surplus of $662.74 million.

January – September 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $8.34 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Miami International Airport $1,475,269,389
2Port of New Orleans $1,112,306,891
3Port Everglades, Fla. $846,137,744
4Port Miami $518,797,770
5Port of Houston $463,339,736
6Port of Wilmington, Dela. $382,178,560
7Port of Texas City, Texas $334,841,368
8Port of Jacksonville, Fla. $306,337,068
9Port of New York $284,801,923
10Port of Philadelphia $266,155,625

U.S. trade with Costa Rica rose to $8.34 billion through September

Costa Rica’s trade with the United States rose to $8.34 billion through the first nine months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 0.52 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Costa Rica decreased 3.65 percent while U.S. imports from Costa Rica rose 5.91 percent. The U.S. surplus with Costa Rica was $662.74 million.

Through September, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Miami International Airport; No. 2 Port of New Orleans; No. 3 Port Everglades, Fla.; No. 4 Port Miami; and No. 5 Port of Houston. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Miami International Airport No. 2 Port of New Orleans No. 3 Port of Corpus Christi, Texas No. 4 Port Miami and No. 5 Port Everglades, Fla.. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 52.96 percent of Costa Rica’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Miami International Airport rose 9.25 percent to $1.48 billion.
    Exports rose 4.08 percent to $786.59 million. Imports rose 15.84 percent to $688.68 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of New Orleans rose 28.9 percent to $1.11 billion.
    Exports rose 39.03 percent to $584.73 million. Imports rose 19.26 percent to $527.57 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port Everglades, Fla. rose 24.15 percent to $846.14 million.
    Exports rose 1.04 percent to $429.43 million. Imports rose 62.44 percent to $416.71 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port Miami fell 29.13 percent to $518.8 million.
    Exports fell 2.67 percent to $485.43 million. Imports fell 85.7 percent to $33.37 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Houston rose 14.77 percent to $463.34 million.
    Exports rose 24.31 percent to $266.27 million. Imports rose 3.98 percent to $197.07 million.

Costa Rica ranked No. 42 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 45.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $3.11 trillion, down 0.58 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 1.01 percent to $1.23 trillion; imports dropped 0.3 percent to $1.88 trillion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are Mexico; Canada; China; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $647.62 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $640.85 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Costa Rica by value through September were the categories of Gasoline, other fuels; Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; Cell phones, related equipment; Low value shipments; and Misc. uncoated kraft paper, paperboard, respectively. They accounted for 36.15 percent of total exports to Costa Rica.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Costa Rica –– Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; Avocados, dates, figs, pineapples, etc.; Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried; Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts; and Coffee –– accounted for 61.04 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to Costa Rica:

  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 19.14 percent compared to last year to $857.91 million.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 2.18 percent compared to last year to $276.42 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 15.81 percent compared to last year to $212.39 million.
  • Low value shipments fell 4.87 percent compared to last year to $165.35 million.
  • Misc. uncoated kraft paper, paperboard fell 15.63 percent compared to last year to $114.64 million.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from Costa Rica:

  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 8.53 percent compared to last year to $1.25 billion.
  • Avocados, dates, figs, pineapples, etc. fell 3.34 percent compared to last year to $398.58 million.
  • Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried fell 7.17 percent compared to last year to $295.17 million.
  • Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts rose 9.8 percent compared to last year to $262.01 million.
  • Coffee fell 11.42 percent compared to last year to $139.24 million.

In the latest annual figures available, Costa Rica recorded $10.8 billion in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were Miami; New Orleans; Houston; Philadelphia; and Los Angeles. Total U.S. exports to Costa Rica were $ 6.23 billion and imports from Costa Rica were $4.56 billion. The U.S. surplus with Costa Rica was $1.67 billion.

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