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    Costa Rica's Exports Grew 1.4% in 2013The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica exported goods totaling $11.405 billion dollars in 2013, representing a growth of 1.4% over 2012.

    The general manager of the Foreign Trade (Procomer), Jorge Sequeira, said in a press conference on exports they had growth despite “adverse conditions in international markets.”

    Sequeira said that the increases were due to the efforts that were made to have product diversification and enhance the added value between exporting entrepreneurs.

    Facts from the Ministry of Foreign Trade indicate that in 2013 the region to which Costa Rica products were most exported was North America with 42% of the total, followed by the European Union (17.8%), Asia (14.6 %) and Central America (13.9%).

    The most dynamic region was Asia, where sales grew 15.1% Costa Rica in 2013, due to products like electronics that went to countries such as Malaysia and China.

    The main export products of Costa Rica are microprocessors for Intel with sales of $2.2 billion and an increase of 6.7% compared to 2012.

    In addition, medical devices exports in 2013 reached $1.474 billion, 6.2% more than the previous year, and pineapple which added $834 million for an increase of 7.1%.

    Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister, Anabel González, emphasized in a statement that her country should feel satisfied with the results because 2013 was a year of slowdown for the international economy.

    “We have been stepping up efforts to support local entrepreneurs by identifying new markets and new trading platforms that allow them to expand growth opportunities,” said Gonzalez. (ACAN-EFE)

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