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Costa Rica – Customs and Import duty tax calculation method

Customs Duties or Import duty and taxes will be pending and need to be cleared while importing goods into Costa-Rica whether by a private individual or a commercial entity.

The valuation method is CIF.

In Costa Rica, all importation of goods and merchandise, with certain exemptions, are liable for corresponding import tariffs and customs duties. Other taxes (e.g. sales tax, selective consumption tax) are also levied on the importation of said goods and merchandise.

The most important legal instruments for customs regulations are the Central American Uniformed Customs Code, the Customs Law and its rulings, and other administrative rulings that are periodically issued by the Customs Authority.

Below table provide the Duty and Sales tax for Costa-Rica:

Duty Rates Sales Tax(GST) Threshold on goods
1% to 15% 13% or 10% (CIF + duty + other taxes) No Minimum threshold

Since Costa Rica’s entry into GATT, tariffs have been lowered. As of 2002, customs duties range from 1% to 15%. However, food tariffs were between 14% and 19%. Import duties on raw materials, bulk grains, and oilseeds were reduced to 1% in 1996. Capital goods and most finished products have a tariff of 1% and 10% to 15% respectively. There is a 13% value-added tax (VAT). Excise taxes range between 5% and 75%, applying to about half of all products imported. For example, arms and munitions are taxed at 75%; costume jewelry, fireworks, and whiskey at 50%; wine and beer at 40%.

Costa Rica has a bilateral free trade agreement with Mexico and was planning future agreements in 1999 with Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile, and Trinidad and Tobago. Costa Rica is also a member of the Central American Common Market (CACM) with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The CACM has a common external tariff of 5% to 20% for most products. For more info: Read More here

  • Consumption Tax = 0% to 95% (CIF + duty).
  • GE (VAT on estimated earnings) = 0% to 125% (CIF + Consumption Tax + Law 6946 + Agrar Tax)
  • Golfito Tax (Tourism Development tax) = 1% to 30% (CIF + duty).
  • Law 6946 (National Emergency Law) = 0% and 1% (CIF + duty).

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