Costa Rica: Imports, percent of GDP

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 Costa Rica

Imports of goods and services as percent of GDP

 Latest value 39.09
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 37.08
 Min - Max 25.06 - 48.18
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Costa Rica from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Costa Rica during that period was 37.08 percent with a minimum of 25.06 percent in 1961 and a maximum of 48.18 percent in 1981. The latest value from 2022 is 39.09 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 149 countries is 52.38 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Costa Rica - Imports, percent of GDP - Recent values chart

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Costa Rica - Imports, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1960-2022




The imports of Costa Rica and other countries are calculated as the total amount of goods and services produced abroad and sold at home. Imports are often reported as percent of GDP so that we can evaluate their magnitude relative to the size of the economy.

If imports are about 15 percent or less of GDP the economy is considered relatively closed. That, for example, applies to the U.S. In contrast, many small European countries import over 40 percent of the products they consume. They are considered more open to international trade.
Definition: Imports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services received from the rest of the world. They include the value of merchandise, freight, insurance, transport, travel, royalties, license fees, and other services, such as communication, construction, financial, information, business, personal, and government services. They exclude compensation of employees and investment income (formerly called factor services) and transfer payments.

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 Terms of trade 96.16 2021 percent
 Trade openness 79.66 2022 percent
 Financial openness 2.299 2021 index points
 Exports, percent of GDP 40.57 2022 percent
 Exports, billion dollars 32.25 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Growth of exports 13.21 2022 percent
 Imports, percent of GDP 39.09 2022 percent
 Imports, billion dollars 28.54 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP 5.31 2022 percent
 Foreign Direct Investment, billion dollars 3.67 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Portfolio investment inflows, equities 172.01 2023 million dollars (current)
 Current account, percent of GDP -0.98 2023 percent
 Current account, in dollars -0.84 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Trade balance, percent of GDP 1.47 2022 percent
 Trade balance, in dollars 5.26 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Reserves 8.55 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Remittances, percent of GDP 0.90 2022 percent
 Remittances 620.84 2022 million U.S. dollars
 Net errors and omissions 432.73 2023 million USD
 External debt 60.74 2022 percent
 Short-term external debt 17.52 2022 percent
 Short-term debt to reserves 79.77 2022 percent
 Foreign exchange reserves 11.34 9/2023 billion
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