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tax incentives

The Free Trade Zone Regime is the mainstay of Costa Rica‘s export and investment promotion strategy. It is a set of incentives and benefits granted by the Costa Rican government to companies making new investments in the country and it provides tax incentives.

Companies that may apply for the Free Trade Zone System Regime:

EXPORT SERVICES Companies

50% of services must be exported

Scientific
research firms

Either companies or organizations

Strategic sectors or companies

Outside the Geater Metropolitan Area

Significant
suppliers

40% of sales to FTZ companies

List of incentives granted:

Costa Rica´s tax incentives and benefits are standardized. They apply to any and all companies according to their operation, so there is no need for negotiation on a per case basis. In addition, entities wishing to set up operations in areas outside the Greater Metropolitan Area (GMA) can enjoy greater benefits. Discover the option according to your needs.

All Sectors:

100%TAX EXEMPTION:

No expiration period

  • Custom duties on imports/exports
  • Withholding tax on royalties and fees
  • Interest income
  • Sales tax on local purchases of goods/service
  • Stamp duty

10 year period*

  • Property Transfer Taxes

*NOTE: The 10 year period will start after the 3-year grace period is over or when the company starts operations, whichever comes first, but the benefit will be granted immediately upon approval of FZ Regime.

SERVICE PROJECTS & MANUFACTURING PROJECTS*

*NOTE: Manufacturing companies with an investment that exceeds US$10 million and 100 employees, established under the Free Trade Zone Regime.
For smaller manufacturing operations, companies will pay a preferential 6% income tax rate for 8 years and 15% for another 4-year period (statutory income tax 30%).

first 8 year period100%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION
Following 4 year period50%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION

In all cases, multiple additional 8-year renewals periods may be granted if significant reinvestment is made.

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All Sectors outside the GMA:

100%TAX EXEMPTION:

No expiration period

  • Custom duties on imports/exports
  • Withholding tax on royalties and fees
  • Interest income

  • Sales tax on local purchases of goods/service
  • Stamp duty
first 12 year period100%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION
Following 6 year period50%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION

NOTE: Companies with an investment that exceeds US$10 million and 100 employees, established under the Free Trade Zone Regime. Additional 12-year renewal may be granted if reinvestment is made (statutory income tax 30%)

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Industrial Parks and Free Zones in Costa Rica:

The country offers a wide variety of industrial parks and office centers, both within and outside of the Greater Metro Areas, with features that offer the right conditions to your business. These are some of the options available.



INDUSTRIAL PARKS OUTSIDE THE GMA

    La Ceiba Business Park

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    La Ceiba Business Park and Free Trade Zone is a mixed-use industrial park comprised within 165 acres. It has been designed with excellent and robust infrastructure, under strict norms of environmental sustainability.


    Our location is unique and privileged and has been described as the next frontier for industrial growth in the country, with a distinctive aptitude for logistics and manufacturing. We are in Alajuela province, county of Orotina and district of Ceiba. Specifically, 66 kilometers (42 miles) from La Sabana, Costa Rica’s central park, via national route 27, which is the main route towards the Pacific coast, which feeds into the national route 1 (Pan-American Highway North) and to the national route 34 (Coastline Highway South). From route 27, the project has a direct and private access.


    We are 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from Caldera port which is the most important port of the Pacific and are bordered by the rail tracks of the Pacific and 5 kilometers away from the future international airport of Costa Rica.


    Having direct access to a main route, being close to the main port of the Pacific, having rail tracks as the northern boundary and being close to the future international airport, define our Business Park as an unmatched space source for manufacturing, services and logistics solutions based on multi-modal transportation.


    We aim to be the best option for national and multinational companies looking to place their operations in a free trade zone business park close but outside the great metropolitan area, in order to attain all the benefits this commercial agreement entails. Also, we want to provide high quality jobs and generate positive spillovers in the area by integrating its human talent to the global economy. In this sense, La Ceiba strives to become a role model on promoting economic (sustainable) growth for areas of the country that needed it the most.


    Our vast experience allows us to offer one stop shop solutions with flexibility based on our client’s needs, as our business model can be long term leases and/or straight sales of built-to-suit spaces with expansion options readily available. Also, we already have all needed permits to build right away what our client demands on its contract, significantly lowering the time to start operations.


     


    Benefits


    As La Ceiba is located outside the Great Metropolitan Area, the benefits offered by the free zone regime are better; the minimum new investment is lower, and the tax incentives are superior.


    Also, given its location, employees have a better quality of life in terms of traffic, noise, pollution and nature, while still being close to all services provided by the Great Metropolitan Area, specifically Santa Ana and Escazú.


     


    Services



    • Electricity (redundancy)

    • Water

    • Telecom (Fiber Optics)

    • Water Waste Treatment

    • Security and access control

    • Job bank

    • Vast green areas

    • Sports and recreation areas

    • Residential developments nearby

    We offer the most attractive and


    cost-effective tax incentives in the region

    education

    INCENTIVES

    The Academic System in Costa Rica is open to provide the necessary training/programs, working with companies to address their needs and demands. These Academic Collaboration models are established as a formal agreement between the company and the specific institutions involved.

    For example, the National Training Institute (INA) offers free technical training in numerous fields, focusing in the areas like: Industry, Graphic Industry, and Trade and Services.

    Any company with operations in the country will have access to INA training for their employees at no additional cost, since INA’s courses are funded by the 1.5% of the total payroll that these companies must pay. Thus, INA training programs can be seen as a subsidy from the government, because the costs of training programs are higher than the 1.5% charged to the company for its employees. The INA has 60 facilities nationwide.

    foreigners

    INCENTIVES

    In Costa Rica, foreigners have equal rights and obligations; they have no limits to property handling and they can conduct business activities freely, for there is free capital movement without foreign exchange controls.

    Multinational companies must comply with the same procedures and regulation as local companies to start operations in the country. However, CINDE offers assistance to foreign investors through a immigration procedure.

    Streamlined immigration applications and visa granting, with no limitation on number of foreigners working in companies, are some of the incentives Costa Rica offers.

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