Tax: up to 14%

Duties: up to 20%

Restricted items: Second-hand Goods, Refurbished Goods

Non-working days: Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays 

Lead times: 9-10 Weeks

Best Carrier option: Freight Forwarder or Courier

Prominent Languages: Spanish

The Complexities of Importing into Costa Rica

Despite its status as a Third World country, Costa Rica is an unexpected Tech hub. This small Central American country plays host to 29 of the Fortune 100, including Amazon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and IBM. Part of the success of this nation is its focus on a high standard of education, which, coupled with students being actively encouraged to pursue tech-related careers, has been a driving force behind the growth of the tech industry. However, although technology exports make up a significant portion of Costa Rica’s trade, importing into Costa Rica can be complex with restrictions on second-hand and refurbished goods. Many of the compliance documents needed for successful customs clearance also have extended lead times, particularly for restricted goods.

How TecEx Can Help You Import into Costa Rica

TecEx has a long history of successful shipments into complex Latin American destinations. Our dedicated team of compliance specialists ensures your shipment has all the necessary compliance documents before you ship, giving you complete confidence that your goods will be cleared the first time. Although lead times on compliance is inherently long, TecEx has excellent relationships with suppliers to streamline this process as much as possible. Our IOR and full DDP service mean you can enjoy hassle-free international trade without any of the usual risk or responsibilities.

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