The United States, Ireland an Australia are the principal markets for what has become a leading export of Costa Rica's medical industry. Costa Rica has displaced Germany as the second leading exporter of medical implants to the United States, according to US trade figures.
Export of implants for medical purposed, especially silicone breast implants and those used for weight-loss, have shot up in the last year.
According to records from the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer), the country exported US$134 million in these types of articles between January and June, or 452% more than sales for the same period in 2007 ($24 million).
Two US investment funds will be investing in the Costa Rican company Establishment Labs, a manufacturer of breast implants.
From the press release by Establishment Labs:
Our mission is to make breast aesthetics safer and better for women worldwide by delivering a world class technology platform that promotes women's health and enables the strategic adoption of Motiva as the brand of choice in the market,” said Juan José Chacón-Quirós, CEO of Establishment Labs. “The investment and partnership from Crown Predator and JW Asset Management and the global relationships and experience they provide will enable us to accelerate investment in our technology, grow our customer base, and scale our business to meet growing demand. We are excited to officially begin the journey to bring our next generation Motiva implants to the United States, the largest market for breast aesthetics in the world."
Purchases of fruit and vegetables by the American nation will go from $8.3 to $9 billion between January and August 2014.
The Department of Agriculture in the United States has recorded increases in imports of fresh and processed vegetables, processed fruits and juices, confectionery, meat and derivatives of chocolate and coffee.