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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the U.S. Commercial Service (US & FCS)? 

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration. The U.S. Commercial Service is a global network of 1,800 trade professionals located in more than 250 cities worldwide, dedicated to assisting U.S. exporters and supporting U.S. business interests abroad. In the United States, the U.S. Commercial Service operates an extensive network of Export Assistance Centers that offer companies easy access and efficient response to exporting and international trade inquiries. Overseas, the Commercial Service is present in nearly 80 countries, representing more than 95 percent of the world market for U.S. exports.

The U.S. Commercial Service in Costa Rica is co-located with the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica. Our mission is to create jobs in the United States by advancing commercial opportunities in Costa Rica and strategically assisting firms export U.S. products and services. The Commercial Service Costa Rica has developed many services designed specifically to assist companies such as yours do business in Costa Rica.

Who does the USCS serve? 

The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) primarily serves exporters of U.S. goods and services, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. We have a global network of professional consultants in nearly 300 domestic and overseas offices. Our in-depth counseling includes specific information to help you market your products and services in the global market.

The U.S. Commercial Service Costa Rica staff provides a combination of cost-effective basic and customized services to help you obtain market information, participate in trade events, and identify potential partners. Our commercial specialists and assistants have extensive local market expertise and can provide you with comprehensive market analysis and matchmaking assistance in all industries.

We also help Costa Rican companies source U.S. suppliers and import U.S. goods and services.

How do I obtain information on the Costa Rican market? 

The U.S. Commercial Service in Costa Rica identifies the sectors that offer the most potential for U.S. products and services, and prepares market research reports on an on-going basis. If you would like to receive market intelligence about export opportunities for your particular product or service, the Commercial Service Costa Rica can conduct customized market research for your firm.

Which industry sectors offer the best opportunities? 

The Costa Rican Country Commercial Guide (CCG) lists the leading sectors for U.S. exports and investment in Costa Rica.

Aside from the best prospect sectors, U.S. firms should also be aware of opportunities in other sectors of the Argentine economy.

How do I find Costa Rican buyers/distributors/representatives? 

The U.S. Commercial Service in Costa Rica provides many services to help U.S. companies identify potential Costa Rican partners. Our services are designed to help you locate, screen, and meet with potential buyers, representatives, distributors, and joint venture partners.

Does Costa Rica import my product?  How much? Who are the major potential buyers? 

The U.S. Commercial Service in Costa Rica uses a variety of resources, including in-country databases and local expertise, to provide you with import statistics and a list of the top ten potential importers for your product.

Our databases are based on the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (USHTS) number, so please include the corresponding USHTS code for the product you are interested in exporting to Costa Rica.

How do I establish a company in Costa Rica? 

Foreign and domestic investors have free and equal rights to establish and own businesses in Costa Rica, or to acquire and dispose of interest in businesses without discrimination. An individual must be appointed as the company's legal representative, but assignment of capital to a branch office is not necessary.

Do any import restrictions apply to my product? 

You will find a summary of the most important Costa Rica import regulations and import restrictions in Chapter 5 of the Costa Rica Country Commercial Guide (CCG),Trade Regulations and Standards.

If you need counseling from an expert in customs issues, contact us to request a list of Costa Rican customs brokers. Please be advised that the listing of a firm does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Commerce or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

Which safety regulations and standards apply to my product? 

You will find information about safety regulations and standards in Chapter 5 of the Costa Rica Country Commercial Guide (CCG), Trade Regulations and Standards.

Can the CS help me resolve a complaint against an Costa Rican company? 

If your firm is having difficulties with an Costa Rican company, please feel free to and provide detailed information about the situation, contact data, and documented proof of unsuccessful attempts at resolving the problem. We will analyze your case and provide assistance accordingly. Please be advised that the Embassy, by its own initiative, does not intervene in questions arising from private transactions. It does however, attempt to clarify misunderstandings.

I need legal advice.  Where can I find a list of law firms in Costa Rica? 

If you need legal advice, please contact us.  We can provide you with a list of the major law firms located in Costa Rica. Please take into account that the listing of a firm does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Commerce or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

How do I find information about exporting my agricultural products? 

You will find information about "Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards-FAIRS" in the Foreign Agricultural Service home page www.fas.usda.gov.

If you have additional questions, please contact us, call us at (506) 2519-2000 or fax us at (506) 2231-4783.