Industry: Opportunities in Global Value Chains

In Costa Rica, of the total number of exporters whose majority of shipments are in the metal-mechanics, electrical and electronics or plastics sectors, 25% meet a profile of potential participation in global value chains.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

An analysis prepared by the Foreign Trade Promotion Agency of Costa Rica (Procomer) explains that "... the 3 sectors agree in selling their products to at least 6 main GVCs: construction (25% of companies), agriculture (23%) trade (20%), food (11%), electronic components and telecommunications (10%) and medical industry (9%)."

These sectors are also linked to other global value chains (GVCs): automotive, aeronautics, pharmaceuticals, among others, but with a more incipient participation. This is evidence of the possibility of expanding the linkage of this supply with other GVCs, in addition to others of interest such as medical devices, the study points out.

Three out of four Costa Rican exporters associated with these productive sectors are linked to the supply of bags or disposable plastic packaging or are only traders of related products, says Procomer.

The document adds that "... between sectors, there is a wide and diverse exportable supply of machinery, equipment and inputs for the agri-food sector (from harvesting applications to processing for final consumption). It is complemented by machinery for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronics and manufacturing in general, in some cases with complementary services (custom designs, equipment modifications and software development)". Download full report.

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