Container Shipping to Costa Rica

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International Container Shipping to Costa Rica

When shipping your goods to another country, you'll want to import them economically. Get here all required information about rates and shipping services to help you make your container shipping process as easy as possible. Look through the information on free trade zones, customs requirements and rates on shipping your containers to Costa Rica.

Import your container freight to main ports and cities in Costa Rica: Alajuela, Caldera, Moin, San Isidro, San Jose.

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Costa Rica joined WTO in 1995. The country modernized and simplified its generally liberal trade and investment regime under WTO agreements. Applied tariffs have remained largely unchanged and the use of non-tariff trade barriers has been limited.

Import documents must include: commercial invoice; bill of lading regardless of cargo value; phytosanitary certificates (for cargo agricultural goods); permit (for toxic matters, insecticides, pesticides and agricultural inputs); cosmetics, dairy products and free sale certificates.

Although there are no general requirements in Costa Rica for the labeling of general goods, still some specific labeling requirements apply to food products, pharmaceutical products, fertilizers, hormones, pesticides, veterinary preparations, vaccines, poisonous substances, and mouthwashes.

Free Trade Zones

In 1981 the Export Processing Law established Free Trade Zone (FTZ) industrial parks in Santa Rosa (Puntarenas) on the Pacific Coast, and Moin (Limon) on the Caribbean seaboard. Nowadays, there are eight FTZs operate in Costa Rica, six of which are privately managed. The newest FTZ is in rural Turrialba and opened in 1998. 100% exemption from all import taxes associated with the import of goods used to make exported products. Moreover, importers operating in FTZs enjoy simplified customs procedures.

When thinking of using FCL shipping option (20’ and 40’ containers), you should keep in mind the following advantages:
1) The container volume is all at your disposal;
2) You don’t have to have to wait for your order being consolidated with other orders shipped to the same destination;
3) Mind that your goods will stay in the container from the time of loading in the origin port to the time of unloading at the destination.

Here are the estimated costs on importing your container from United States to the ports in Costa Rica:

 20’ Container  40’ Container Transit Time
 East Coast - San Jose  $1,789.00 $2,389.00 11
 West Coast - San Jose $2,400.00 $3,005.00  19
 East Coast - Puerto Limon $1,504.00 $2,104.00 9
 West Coast - Puerto Limon $3,124.00 $3,930.00 21

To get the full cost of transportation you should add the following:

- Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF Charges) - $90 - $180
- Wharfage - $3 per MT
- Bill of Lading - $50
- Drayage from Terminal to Your Door (depends on the distance) - $220 (minimum) for 20’ and $235 (minimum) for 40’ container
- Fuel Surcharge - starts at $40
- Shipper's Declaration (Over $2,500.00) - $50
- Allowance for Industrial Goods - $100 - $150
- Hazardous Material - $100 

Please note that these charges are subject to change. Request an online quote to get the fresh rates.