Shipping from China to Costa Rica: FTA, Cost, Transit Time and More [2024]

As the first country in Central America to establish diplomatic relations with China in the new century, Costa Rica is also an important country along the “Belt and Road”.

The economic and trade exchanges between China and Costa Rica are becoming increasingly close, and China has been Costa Rica’s second largest trading partner for several consecutive years.

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China-Costa Rica FTA

Customs duties for Costa Rica range from 1 to 15 percent ad valorem. The reduction of tariffs in recent years has been an important factor behind the growth of imports of consumer goods from China.

China-Costa Rica certificate of origin

In April 2010, China and Costa Rica signed a free trade agreement, which officially came into effect in August 2011. With the Certificate of Origin for China-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement, Costa Rica has eliminated its tariffs on substantially all China products.

Contact CFC to issue your CO to benefit from the FTA, if your Chinese supplier can not provide one.

Additionally, it is important to remember that imported products are subject to a 13 percent value-added tax when importing goods into Costa Rica,

Understanding custom duties in Costa Rica is essential for importers to ensure compliance with customs regulations and procedures, leading to a smooth trade process.

Sea Freight from China to Costa Rica

Costa Rica has an ideal geographical position between North and South America. This makes it easy to transit to either continent. The land is also embraced by both oceans, Pacific and Atlantic. Many entrepreneurs struggle to find a reliable logistics partner to transport their products into the country.

Top Container Ports in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, there are five major international ports: Caldera, Puntarenas, Punta Morales, Quepos and Golfito on the pacific coast, and two major international ports: Limon and Moin on the Atlantic coast.

Caldera Port is situated in the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific Coast and is the premier port of the country, handling more than half of its international maritime trade. It is just two hours drive from the capital city of San Jose and is connected to the interiors through the national railway line.

Officially known as the Hernon Garron Salazar Terminal, Puerto Limon lies on the northeast Atlantic coast of Costa Rica and is the largest port in the country. It is strategically positioned near the Panama Canal, the Gulf of Mexico and the southern coast of the US.

Sea Freight Cost from China to Costa Rica

It’s rough $7,000 for 1x40ft container from Shanghai China to Calder Costa Rica.

For an accurate picture of the price to ship a container to Costa Rica, you will need to approach a freight forwarder or carrier for a quote.

The cost will depend on where you wish to ship from, the type of service needed, the size of the container (20-foot or 40-foot) you require, or, in the case of LCL shipping, the amount of container space your freight will occupy. Other factors in pricing include the cost of fuel at the time of quotation, and the current demand for shipping capacity.

Sea Freight Transit Time from China to Costa Rica

The shipping time can vary depending on the carriers, but it usually takes around 5 weeks for ocean freight from Port of Shanghai to Port of Caldera.

Air Freight from China to Costa Rica

International air freight transportation is the fastest way to ship your goods to Costa Rica. At CFC, we understand the importance of air transportation, and are always ready to offer you top-notch services.

When shipping by air, our team of experts offers the most cost-effective solutions and the fastest routes available. Our air freight logistics planning and execution guarantee timely delivery of your cargo.

Top International Airports in Costa Rica

There are 2 main international airports in Costa Rica, which is Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, and Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose.

Liberia Guanacaste Airport is served by several major airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines.

Juan Santamaría International Airport is the primary airport serving the capital – San Jose. It is the largest and busiest airport in Costa Rica. The airport is able to handle all types of cargo, including dangerous goods. It also has a 24–hour customs clearance service.

Air Freight Cost from China to Costa Rica

Our efficient Air Freight services provide high-quality shipping solutions to Costa Rica. Shipping to Costa Rica can be complex, but we’re here to simplify the process and ensure a seamless delivery for your business. Rest assured that when you ship to Costa Rica with us, our commitment to affordability means that our rates are always competitive.

We offer personalized quotes that cater to your shipping requirements. With our transparent pricing and commitment to providing the best in customer service, we ensure that you receive the most competitive rates without compromising on quality.

The express rate from China to Costa Rica is rough $10/kg.

Trust us to handle your goods with care and efficiency, delivering them to Costa Rica in a timely and cost-effective manner.

You can get a free freight quote for international air freight shipping easily.

Air Freight Transit Time from China to Costa Rica

The transit time from China to SJO is within 24 hours for the direct route, and about 7-10 days for the economic route.

The express door-to-door cost rough 3-5 days.

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