Costa Rican industrial and agricultural exports showed growth of 18.1% and 17.3%, respectively, during the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year.
Statistics from the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) indicate that from January to May, industrial exports generated $2.4 billion, while agricultural exports generated $841 million.
During the first five months of 2005, exports of industrial products reached $2 billion and agricultural exports registered $717 million, according to statistics published on PROCOMER’s Web site.
The industrial products that have shown the most growth so far this year are manufactured items such as integrated circuits and electric microstructures, registering sales of $316 million.
Other computer parts generated $247 million, textiles generated $201 million and medical products generated $101 million.
In the agricultural sector, banana was the product showing the most growth in foreign sales, with $241 million, followed by pineapple, with $179 million, coffee, with $148 million and melon with $83 million.
In total, Costa Rican exports during the first five months of 2006 registered $3.3 billion, a 17.2% increase over the $2.8 billion registered during this period in 2005.
Last year, Costa Rica exported a total of $7 billion, a 11.5% increase over 2004.