Statistics on Free Zone Regime in Costa Rica

A study by PROCOMER indicates that for every dollar exonerated in the period between 2010 and 2014, companies in the free zone regime generated $5.7 on average for the country.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

From the executive summary of the study by PROCOMER entitled "Free Zone Balance 2010-2014":

4. Country Net Profit (CNP) for the operation of the Free Trade Zone Regime (FZR) reached an average of US $2.556 billion a year in 2010-2014. This CNP had an average annual growth of 16%, going from US $1.749 billion in 2010 to US $3.125 billion in 2014 (in real terms this growth was 11.4%). The CNP grew at a rate nearly three times higher than the real economy in the years analyzed. Companies in the services sector were the largest contributors to the CNP. with an average participation of 42%.

4. The study shows that the FZR of Costa Rica is socially profitable, because for every dollar exonerated in the period 2010-2014 RZF companies generated an average of $5.7 for the country. This result is consistent with Cespedes (2012) indicating that the FZR in Costa Rica is profitable in terms of economic benefits for the country.

Read full report here (spanish).

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