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Shipping to Costa Rica from the US

 

Shipping to Costa Rica from the US

When it comes to shipping to Costa Rica the most important questions are related to the import regulation and how to make sure that cargo gets cleared at Costa Rica's Customs without any problem! Well, this is where USG’s experience can help, as we carry many years of experiences for shipping goods to Costa Rica. 

The country of Costa Rica is a small country located between Nicaragua and Panama and shares land borders with both countries. Costa Rica has direct access to the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Caribbean Sea to the East. Due to the cost of living and beauty and safety of the country, it is a good place for the retirement plane. Every year, there are American, Canadian and European Citizen are moving to Costa Rica and our job here at USG is to help them in the shipping process. You are free of duty to ship all your belonging to Costa Rica if you have your residency permit but always make sure to verify that with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington DC. We are offering both ocean and air freight to Costa Rica. We have an express door to door air freight service with low rates which include the pick-up of the cargo from your door in the US and delivery of them to your door in Costa Rica. Ocean Freight to Costa Rica: There are two major ports in Costa Rica which handle the country's container import and export. We offer shipment to Port Limon, the port lies in the Caribbean Sea. Port Limon is a seaport vast in size and can handle more cargo than any other port in Costa Rica. Another major port is the Port of Caldera which is the Costa Rica’s main trade port is in a small city but is vast is size with a large capacity. The port is very modern and can accommodate cargo vessels large. USG is a trusted freight forwarder that will help with your logistics solutions for both commercial and personal cargo from any locations in USA or Canada to Costa Rica. To ship to Costa Rica, Sealand, Hamburg Sud, and Evergreen are offering the best services and transit time. Cargo to Costa Rica is subject to Import Duty depending on their value and type. USG offers special rates for shipping boxes to Costa Rica and that will be with our consolidation service.  If you are shipping Container to Costa Rica, Caldera is the best option if it will be shipped via the West Coast.  If from the East Coast, Puerto Limon is the cheapest option.

- Shipping Container to Costa Rica: There is a weekly container shipping to Costa Rica from East or West Coast. 

- Shipping to Caldera: Mostly the shipping service to Caldera is from USA West Coast however upon request we can also provide the shipping service from the East Coast to this port.

- Shipping to Puerto Limon: It is the best port of entry if you are shipping from the east coast.

The Import Regulation for shipping to Costa Rica:  Costa Rican customs procedures are quite complex.  There are some recent improvements, like electronic or one-stop import and export windows, called Single Windows, have helped to reduce the time required for customs processing. The Customs Authority of Costa Rica implemented referred as TICA system which requires a seal to be randomly installed on products to monitor their delivery from the port to the end buyer confirming the process is as it was declared. As far as documentation, clearing the customs in Costa Rica requires Original Bill of lading for ocean freight, airway bills for air freight and the commercial invoices for the goods. Some commodities require some other certificate, for example, the bulk agricultural products need phytosanitary certificates.  To import cosmetics, pharmaceutical, vitamin supplements, medical devices, pharmaceutical, chemicals, toxic substances, pesticides, insecticides, and agricultural chemicals consignee needs an import permit from the Costa Rican Ministry of Health.   To obtain the permit the exporter needs to provide the presentation approval of quantitative-qualitative, analysis certificates, good manufacturing practices, and free-sale certificates. The process of registration for the pharmaceutical’s items are very slow and, in many cases, could take up to six months or even more to for approval to be completed.  However, the Ministry of health is working on this matter and try to reduce this timeframe.  Such is expected during 2017.  The good news for US Exporter is since 2011, the Costa Rican Ministry of Health approving US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizations and if medical devices are sold in the U.S. market they can be imported to Costa Rica without evaluation. If you are importing from CAFTA countries, Costa Rican importers have no option other than presenting the full required documents to Customs Authority along with other necessary information that can certify the origin of the goods.  Still, in 2017, There is not a specific format for presenting the information and importer can use any format available to start the process. For more information regarding the import regulation please contact the Embassy of Costa Rica. You can also check here, some of the regulation for export to Costa Rica.  If you are shipping your items to Costa Rica via Air or need the fastest service, we also have that option available. We are one of the only Costa Rican shipping company who offers a full door to door services. 

Moving to Costa Rica: Your need for shipping to Costa Rica could be due to your relocation to Costa Rica and that is also a part of the service that USG provides. The first important question when you are moving to Costa Rica and like to ship your personal items and household goods free of import tax will be your legal status? Are you moving to Costa Rica as a returning Citizen or an expat who choose to live in Costa Rica?  

Once you have the answers to these questions, you will know better on how to prepare yourself as far as clearing the cargo upon arrival of your container to Costa Rica. 

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