• Costa Rica Coffee Guide
  • Costa Rica Travel Insurance

US boost in food imports could help Tico producers, export agency says

March 5, 2014

Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office, or PROCOMER, is eyeing a recent U.S. Agriculture Department report that noted the United States will spend an additional $8 billion this year on food, compared to last year’s figures. PROCOMER says the increase could benefit Tico exporters, particularly producers of fruits and vegetables. 

The USDA report noted that fruit and vegetable imports would increase from $8.3 billion in 2013 to $9 billion this year. Imports of juice, meat, candy, chocolate and coffee also are expected to increase.

The U.S. was one of Costa Rica’s most important trading partners in 2013, with exports to to the U.S. totaling 38 percent of Costa Rica’s total sales, PROCOMER said.

Costa Rica’s agricultural sector in 2013 exported $1.1 billion to the U.S., with pineapples, bananas, premium coffee, yuca and melon being the top-exported goods.

Producers interested in selling to the U.S. can contact PROCOMER’s Foreign Trade hotline at: 800-PROCOMER or by email at info@procomer.com. Bilingual staff is available.

The agency currently has two trade promotion offices in the U.S. that serve as a liason with buyers in that country.

You may be interested

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, August 7
Costa Rica
21817 views
Costa Rica
21817 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, August 7

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 7, 2020

Costa Rica announced 18 new coronavirus-related deaths over the past day for a total of 218, according to official data…

News briefs: Government promises to adjust pandemic restrictions
Costa Rica
20766 views
Costa Rica
20766 views

News briefs: Government promises to adjust pandemic restrictions

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 7, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has transformed life in Costa Rica, which has enacted measures to protect the capacity of its health…

ECLAC projects 23% drop in exports in Latin America and the Caribbean due to pandemic
Latin America
1244 views
Latin America
1244 views

ECLAC projects 23% drop in exports in Latin America and the Caribbean due to pandemic

AFP - August 7, 2020

International trade in Latin America and the Caribbean could fall 23% in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus…