Focused Trade Missions

Focused Trade Mission to Costa Rica for Retail and Foodservice

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Event Date
March 4—5, 2024
San Jose, Costa Rica
Registration Deadline
Dec 18, 2023

Jumpstart Your Product Export Sales to Costa Rica

Costa Rica has proven to be an appealing and profitable market for U.S. companies for many years. This market has a stable democracy, predictable business climate, and economic growth fueled by a resurgent tourism industry. After record-setting exports in 2021, shipments of U.S. agricultural and related products to Costa Rica were 10% higher through October 2022, with growth in all major product categories.

Costa Rica is ranked #83 of the major economies of the world and is considered an upper middle-income country. There are numerous advantages for U.S. exporters of consumer-ready food products to the region. These include geographic proximity and lower duties for almost all agricultural products under the CAFTA-DR free trade agreement. As a strong tourism sector (domestic and international), Costa Rica also supports substantial foodservice opportunities for U.S. exporters.

Costa Rican consumers are health-conscious and open to new products. They are willing to make the switch to private label due to the balance of quality and price and the increased consumer awareness for value-added products. Furthermore, they prefer to purchase in-stores despite the expansion of e-commerce, buying both in bulk and in small volumes.

U.S. Food & Agricultural Product Imports to Costa Rica, By the Numbers

  • U.S. Consumer-Oriented Foods and Beverage Products – US$420 million (2022)
  • U.S. Processed Foods – US$320.8 million (2021)


Travel Information

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Register for Two Back-to-Back Missions!

Focused Trade Mission to Guatemala – Foodservice and Retail
March 7 – 8, 2024

Interested in this Focused Trade Mission? Watch this Sneak Peek presentation with our In-Market Representative.

Products of Interest

Top U.S. products in demand:

  • Sweets & Snacks
  • Chocolate Products
  • Confectionary
  • Beverages – Juices & Soft Drinks
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits
  • Functional Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks
  • Organic/Natural/Health Foods in general
  • Nuts
  • Grains
  • Bakery Goods, Cereals, Pasta
  • Oils
  • Condiments & Sauces
  • Food Ingredients
  • Prepared Foods
  • Processed Foods
  • Canned Goods
  • Dairy
  • Poultry, Sausages, Red Meats (including processed)
  • Seafood
  • Pet Food

Mission Itinerary

March 3: Arrive in San Jose

March 4: Briefing and Retail Tour

March 5: One-on-One Meetings with Buyers

March 6: Departure to Focused Trade Mission to Guatemala or Home

Schedule is subject to change.

Focused Trade Mission Services Provided

  • One-on-one meetings with qualified buyers
  • Pre-event custom product research including market overview, importation and distribution analysis
  • Market briefing by local USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Retail store tour
  • Table top showcase
  • Inclusion in Trade Mission brochure containing your company profile, contact details and product lines
  • On-site assistance by Food Export’s In-Market Representative
  • Identifying top leads

Preparation Assistance

Costa Rica Country Profile

Start your trade mission journey now. We have the market intelligence you need to make informed decisions to determine if this market is right for your products.

Complimentary Webinars

Our educational webinars provide up-to-date exporter intelligence regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow-up with international buyers, and much more.

Export Essentials Online

Whether you’re new to exporting or need to refresh your skills, this free online training course provides a comprehensive, flexible approach to learning the fundamentals and logistics of exporting.

Export Success

Participants in 2019 Focused Trade Missions Reported:

Market Access Program (MAP) Funding

1st Time Export Sales

New Distributorships Established

New Distributorships Established

New Foreign Buyer Contacts

New Foreign Buyer Introductions

Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) Fund

$78 Million
Projected Sales

Over $100k in New Export Sales

$15 Million
Actual Sales
Branded Program

Double Your International Marketing Budget

With the Branded Program, you may be eligible for 50% reimbursement on:

  • Promotions and product demonstrations
  • Advertising
  • Select international travel costs
  • Marketing and point-of-sale materials
  • Foreign market compliant packaging/labeling
  • And much more!