Guide to Sending Parcels to Costa Rica

Costa Rica literally translates into English as 'rich coast'. And this country is not only an upper-middle income nation, but it is also blessed with biodiversity and beautiful scenery, not to mention being:

  • The only tropical country to have reversed deforestation
  • The most visited country in Central America
  • Politically stable with no standing army

E-commerce has a solid base in Costa Rica due to a well developed telecommunications network and information technology initiatives. As the country has a 179% cell phone penetration rate and a 99% literacy rate, its citizens should benefit from continued international trade liberalization and economic growth. Shipping to Costa Rica from Canada certainly has a bright future.

Information for this page was taken from the Costa Rican Customs Agency.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Costa Rica is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jul 26, 2021
8:49 am
Purral, PU, CR
Delivered
Jul 25, 2021
7:18 am
San Francisco, SF, CR
In transit
Jul 24, 2021
9:03 pm
Limon, LI, CR
International Clearance
Jul 24, 2021
8:14 am
San Jose, SJ, CR
In transit
Jul 24, 2021
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Jul 23, 2021
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Costa Rica before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Costa Rica

Documents Only

Most documents may be shipped to Costa Rica from Canada duty-free provided they have no commercial value. Document shipments may include any of the following:

  • Bids
  • Cash letters
  • Charts and maps
  • Drawings
  • Driver's license
  • Graphs
  • Intercompany mail
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Manuscripts
  • Newspapers
  • Pamphlets
  • Seismic data
  • Visa applications

The following items may be shipped duty-free if they meet the criteria shown in the table below:

Business cards Maximum of 1 kg, no more than 1 unit per shipment and of no commercial value
Computer print-outs Maximum shipment weight of 10 kg
Catalogues Maximum shipment weight of 5 kg; and for personal use only
Cheques Only if cancelled
Credit cards No more than 1 per shipment
Diskettes For information purposes and personal use only Cannot be software
Flms For personal use only; and limited to 2 rolls
Intercompany data on CD-Rom or disc Only if they have no commercial value Must be specified 'Intercompany data on diskette/CD-ROM' in the Description of Goods field
Newsletters Only intercompany documents for use within the company are allowed

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Costa Rica

Shipping Gifts

Shipping gifts from Canada to Costa Rica may be exempt from duty under certain conditions.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment sent from an individual in Canada to an individual in Costa Rica will be subject to duty and taxes if it is valued over $50 USD (about $60 CAD).

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to a business in Costa Rica will incur duty only if its value is $50 USD or above (about $60 CAD).

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to an individual in Costa Rica may be exempt from duty if its value is $500 USD (about $600 CAD) or less provided items are for personal use and have no commercial value.

Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If you are sending more than one gift in one shipment, be sure to wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://thecostaricanews.com/exemption-for-imports-under-500-in-costa-rica-will-only-be-for-family-destined-shipments/
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/604a8cecdfac3_CAUCA%20IV%20Res%20COMIECO%20223-2008%20(Ley%208881).pdf https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Costa Rica

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects - new and used - shipped to Costa from Canada may be exempt from duty under the following conditions.

  • For returning Costa Ricans with proof of residence in Canada for a minimum of 2 consecutive years
  • Foreigners with valid work or study permits
  • Permanent residents of Costa Rica returning after having gone to work or study abroad for more than 6 consecutive months
  • Foreigners who acquire property or rent a home in Costa Rica for at least 6 months

NOTE:
The exemplation must be applied for within 6 months of arrival in Costa Rica.

The exemption is allowed providing the household goods comply to the following:

  • They are for the personal use of the importer and/or his or her family
  • The items are used, and arrive in Costa Rica directly from Canada
  • Regarding appliances, there is only 1 item of each type
  • Office equipment, tools, and associated materials are NOT included

Moving Temporarily

Students

Students moving temporarily to Costa Rica from Canada to study may ship their personal effects to Costa Rica.

Personal effects may include:

  • Educational materials (paper and pens)
  • Microcomputers up to $1,500 USD (about $1,800 CAD)
  • Furniture used by a student, like a desk and chair
Non-Students

Foreigners moving to Costa Rica from Canada temporarily to work may be exempt from duty if they have a valid work permit. The request for exemption must be made 6 months prior to moving.

Moving Permanently

Costa Rican nationals who are returning to Costa Rica to live permanently may import their personal effects duty-free. Personal effects must be for use of the shipper or his/her family only and the request for exemption made 6 months prior to moving.

This exemption applies to:

  • All Costa Ricans of legal age who have lived in Canada for a minimum of 2 years
  • Permanent residents of Costa Rica returning after having gone to work or study in Canada

NOTE:
Request for exemption must be made 6 months prior to moving

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects'
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/5fb557d2819e9_MH-DGA-PRO01-POL-001%20Import%20Menaje%20de%20Casa.pdf https://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/524477a0925fe_pais.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Costa Rica

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Some food items are authorized to be shipped to Costa Rica but are restricted to small amounts.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate and candies
  • Vitamins and supplements

Do Not Ship

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Sugar additives and similar substances
  • Perishable goods
Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/contenido/13708-envios-postales
https://www.gvexpress.cr/downloads/gv_express_productos_restringidos.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Costa Rica

Samples

Commercial samples are those that can only be used for demonstration purposes. The goal is to encourage people to place orders of the samples, not to sell them.

Samples shipped to Costa Rica from Canada will be exempt from duty and tax if:

  • Items displayed are intended for exhibitions, fairs, or cultural events
  • The exhibition or fair has a detailed program and schedule
  • There is no more than one specimen per size and type
  • Items have no commercial value
  • The exhibitor is an organization officially registered in Canada
  • Shipper must provide a guarantee on temporary imports
Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
9PROCEDIMIENTOEQUIPAJES1.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Costa Rica

Advertising Material

Advertising material may be shipped temporarily from Canada to Costa Rica provided:

  • The items are intended for display at a cultural event, exhibitions, or fair
  • The event has a detailed program and schedule
  • The materials are for the demonstration or promotion of goods
  • They have no commercial value, i.e. they are not for sale
  • The exhibitor is part of a Canadian organization registered in Canada

NOTE:
A guarantee will have to be supplied for temporary imports.

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/536941f2b9729_Ley%20General%20de%20Aduanas.pdf


Have your goods warranty repaired in Costa Rica

Repairs

As Costa Rica and Canada are part of a free-trade agreement (CCRFTA), material sent from Canada to Costa Rica for repair or renovation will be exempt from duty as long as the material is under warranty.

Items Under Warranty

When material is shipped to Canada for repair work under a warranty, i.e. provided free of charge, it will be exempt from Costa Rican customs duty and taxes.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Material no longer under warranty being repaired in Costa Rica and shipped back to Canada will be subject to duty and taxes and GST on the value of the repair and on any added parts.

Sending Product for Repair to Costa Rica

Material sent to Costa Rica from Canada for repair will be exempt provided it is under warranty.

Returning Repaired Product to Costa Rica

Material returning to Costa Rica after being sent to Canada for repairs will be exempt from duty only if it is under warranty. Taxes will apply to the value added to the equipment.

Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Costa Rica or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/604a8cecdfac3_CAUCA%20IV%20Res%20COMIECO%20223-2008%20(Ley%208881).pdf https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Costa Rica

Temporary Imports

Importing items temporarily into Costa Rica will be exempt from duties and taxes under specific conditions.

These temporary imports often include the following and may be exempt from duty up to 1 year:

  • Goods displayed at an exhibition or fair, and are re-exported without being altered
  • Professional and scientific equipment
  • Commercial samples
  • Equipment shipped for repairs, restoration, or conditioning

NOTE:
Costa Rica does not accept ATA Carnets for temporary imports.

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
ttps://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/536941f2b9729_Ley%20General%20de%20Aduanas.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Costa Rica

Permanent/Sold Goods

Because of the Free Trade Agreement between Costa Rica and Canada (CCRFTA), most sold goods shipped to Costa Rica from Canada will be duty-free; however, they will incur VAT (IGV).

Occasional Shipper

If you only ship occasionally to Costa Rica, for example, items sold on eBay, it will be fairly simple. You must:

  • Include 3 copies of the commercial invoice with your shipment
  • Provide a detailed description of the goods on the commercial invoice

Regular Shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Costa Rica from Canada, you may be exempt from duty if you send small shipments to family members only.

However, for all other circumstances, we recommend you employ the services of a licenced Costa Rican customs broker.

Sources:
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/51cc423c8abbb_RESDGA3722009PROCEDIMIENTOEQUIPAJES1.pdf
https://thecostaricanews.com/exemption-for-imports-under-500-in-costa-rica-will-only-be-for-family-destined-shipments/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Juan Santamaría
Provincia de Alajuela
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Phone: +1 (506) 2441-4775
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Costa Rica. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Costa Rica, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited goods are not allowed to be shipped to Costa Rica while restricted goods indicate there are rules that apply to the amount of goods or who may send them.

Prohibited Items

  • Cash and coins
  • Stamps or tickets of any kind
  • Sugar additives and similar substances
  • Precious stones
  • Lighters
  • Perishables
  • Fireworks and gunpowder
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Batteries
  • Tobacco, cigars
  • Sharp tools
  • Crossbows and bows other than for sport
  • Plants

Restricted Items

  • Chocolates
  • Cosmetics and other beauty products
  • Perfume
  • Foodstuffs, including coffee beans
  • Medical equipment, medicine
  • Vitamins
  • Seeds
  • Skins and other products of animal origin
  • Veterinary products and accessories
  • Products for animal use
  • Animal feed

Sources:
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/contenido/13708-envios-postales
https://www.gvexpress.cr/downloads/gv_express_productos_restringidos.pdf

Duty & Taxes

Duty and taxes on goods shipped to Costa Rica are calculated using the CIF value of the shipment, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus freight costs plus insurance charges.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Knowing the CIF value will help you predict the duty and taxes owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

Costa Rican customs does recognise a threshold value on shipments (also called the de minimis value). This means that all shipments entering the country, regardless of value, will incur duty and taxes.


Currency Colón CRC
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) N/A
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 13%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
N/A
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

Excise Taxes

Excise taxes are charged on alcohol, tobacco, and tobacco products.


The Canada-costa-rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) allows duty exemptions on most sold goods shipped between Canada and Costa Rica. However, certain items will incur taxes. They include cigarettes, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages as well as a luxury tax identified as a selective consumption tax (ISC).

  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and WinesVariable*
  • TobaccoVariable*
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

Alcohol

Up to 15% alcohol content: ₡3.43 (about 1¢ CAD) /mL of alcohol

From 15% up to 30% alcohol content: ₡4.11 (about 1¢ CAD) /mL of alcohol

Tobacco: ₡24.28 colones per unit (about 5¢ CAD)

Sources:
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S392R1.pdf&Open=True
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/costa-rica/corporate/other-taxes
https://www.hacienda.go.cr/contenido/14428-tarifas-impuesto-al-tabaco
https://www.imprentanacional.go.cr/pub/2021/01/22/ALCA14_22_01_2021.pdf https://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/costa_rica/fta-ale/background-contexte.aspx?lang=eng

Costa Rica Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Costa Rica



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