Companies Move Away from the Capital

Traffic congestion, the price of land and rents, and logistical facilities are some of the reasons why more and more companies in Costa Rica prefer to be located outside of San José.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Between 2016 and 2017 the number of companies set up in San José fell from 15,311 to 14,748, which is equivalent to a decrease of 4%, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Census.

In relation to the reasons why companies leave the Costa Rican capital, manager at Colliers, Randall Fernández, explained to that " ...Ease of storage, transport, logistics and other more industrial factors mean that businesses for which these characteristics are important are moving away from San José to places where they can grow more and where the regulatory plans are more favorable ...".

The article adds that " ...The price of land is one of the heaviest burdens. Not every economic activity is profitable in San Jose, due to the prices of rents or taxes. This changes the services that are offered from here."  In addition, "... existing vehicular traffic makes it difficult to transport not only products, but also private workers, and this is something that many companies end up suffering from."

Regarding the locations chosen by the companies that changed location in 2017, the province of Alajuela was the province that registered the greatest movement. Between 2016 to 2017, 24 companies that were previously located in other areas of the country, moved to Alajuela, and only nine left.

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