Costa Rican agricultural sector promotes its exportable supply in the United States

San José, October 20, 2023. From October 19 to 21, 12 Costa Rican companies, in collaboration with the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER), will exhibit Costa Rica’s agricultural products at the international fair “The Global Produce and Floral Show”, which is being held in California, United States, together with more than 40 countries and more than 19,000 visitors.

The fair is organized by the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) and is one of the most important and influential in the U.S. market, which is also the main commercial destination for Costa Rican agricultural exports.

Through the Essential Costa Rica stand, PROCOMER and the delegation of participating companies will showcase the wide range of agricultural products that the country offers, including fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, rambutan, banana, chayote, cassava, eddoes, and others. In addition, for the first time, flowers and foliage will be promoted.

Exporters will also have the opportunity to hold business meetings with potential buyers to learn about new market trends and participate in seminars on agricultural related topics.

“The Global Produce and Floral Show is a unique opportunity to increase the positioning of the Costa Rican agricultural sector at the international level. As it is a space that serves as a meeting point for strategic parties for the construction of new businesses, providing greater opportunity for diversification of Costa Rican exports,” said Mario Saenz, Export Development Manager of PROCOMER.

During the first half of 2023, exports to the United States amounted to $792.1 million, with pineapple, bananas, gold coffee, cassava, and ornamental plants being the main exports. International fairs such as The Global Produce and Floral Show allow international buyers to learn about the variety of products offered by Costa Rica, thus diversifying exports and providing new areas of opportunity for local producers.

“Taking into account that the United States is the number one destination for the country’s agricultural exports, it is of paramount importance for Costa Rica to take advantage of the spaces provided by international fairs. In order to promote itself as an ally that has what the market requires, opening new doors to international trade, which translates into new development opportunities for the country,” concluded Sáenz.