In 2008 Costa Rica was South Florida’s 7th largest trading partner and Florida’s 9th largest trading partner. South Florida’s top exports to Costa Rica include electronic circuits, computers and computer parts, medical instruments, landline and cellular phone equipment, and textiles. South Florida’s top imports from Costa Rica include medical instruments, computer parts, textiles, fisheries, electrical supplies, and live plants. There is currently one Costa Rican company located in Broward County.
Trade Numbers (2008)
| South Florida's Total Exports to Costa Rica
|| $US 2.77 billion|
| South Florida's Total Imports from Costa Rica
|| $US 1.20 billion|
| Total Trade between South Florida and Costa Rica
|| $US 3.97 billion|
| Florida's Merchandise Exports to Costa Rica
|| $US 2.96 billion|
| Florida's Merchandise Imports from Costa Rica
|| $US 1.35 billion|
| Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and Costa Rica
|| $US 4.31 billion|
Source for South Florida Data: Miami Trade Numbers 2009 (Primary Data: U.S. Census Bureau)
Source for Florida Data: Enterprise Florida, Marketing and Strategic Intelligence Department (Primary Data: U.S. Census Bureau)
Costa Rica Trade Mission February 15-17, 2004
• End of Mission Report Costa Rica 2004 (PDF)
The mission of this trip was for Broward County Office of Economic Development to increase exposure of our businesses in Costa Rica.
Mayor Ilene Lieberman and met with the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Honorable John Danilovich, the President of Costa Rica Honorable Abel Pacheco and his ministers, the American Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Chamber of Industry, the Costa Rican Business Council and the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Lieberman discussed with the Costa Rican Mayors Broward County being a “natural” partner to Costa Rica. Costa Rica being the most stable economy in the region occupies the 6th place among the top 50 merchandise trading partners. She pointed out that The Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades both have very aggressive programs to Costa Rica in order to increase airlift from/to Fort Lauderdale to San Jose and to increase cargo to/from Port Everglades
Mayor Lieberman invited all 30 mayors of Costa Rica to the annual State League of County Association meeting to be held in Broward County. The outcome of the meeting was great because recently, OED assisted Sister Cities International and the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce in establishing a Sister Cities program with the city of Quepos in the Southwest part of Costa Rica. This agreement proved to be essential in the development of business relationships and opened doors between our local marine and hospitality industries.
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