Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica exports take hard hit in January

February 20, 2009

Costa Rican exporters sustained a considerable blow from the global economic crisis in January, grossing only $600.6 million, 19 percent below the January 2008 total, the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) reported.

The recession in the United States, the chief importer of Tico-made goods, continued to cut into company earnings here. Last month saw $220.7 million in goods exported to the U.S., down by 17.6 percent from January 2008.

Computer parts were hit the hardest, said COMEX, citing losses of as much as $56 million, or 30 percent.

“One of the principal causes of the lower level of operation of exporting companies is based on the difficulty in this sector to attain lines of credit,” Foreign Trade Minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz said in a statement.

Amid the grim figures, the Foreign Trade Promotion Office found a ray of hope: Canada. Against the grain, exports to the U.S. northern neighbor rose by 9.7 percent in January compared with the same month last year, with ornamental plants, tires, pineapples and textiles driving the increase.

You may be interested

Costa Rica reopens to key tourism market as it welcomes Mexican visitors
Costa Rica
1124 views
Costa Rica
1124 views

Costa Rica reopens to key tourism market as it welcomes Mexican visitors

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 26, 2020

Costa Rica will open its doors to the arrival of tourists from Mexico, after considering a drop in reported Covid-19…

Costa Rica tourism: What states might be allowed next? [updated]
Costa Rica
2284 views
Costa Rica
2284 views

Costa Rica tourism: What states might be allowed next? [updated]

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 26, 2020

Since September 1, Costa Rica has welcomed tourists from a growing number of U.S. states. According to Gustavo Segura, Costa…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, September 25
Costa Rica
5544 views
Costa Rica
5544 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, September 25

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 25, 2020

Costa Rica announced 17 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 812, according to official data…