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Incentives

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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

    Quantum Free Zone

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    Quantum Free Zone is a state-of-the-art industrial park located less than 5 km away from the new APM  Mega Port in Moin, Costa Rica. With the first phase spanning over 42 ha, Quantum FZ offers lot sizes that are customizable to the needs of the investor and can accommodate any type of industrial use. Our Master Plan is LEED certified and the park will be built with sustainable building practices that are endorsed by the Green Building Council.


    Location


    Quantum FZ is centrally located in the Province of Limon directly off the newly expanded Route 241 that intersects with the main highway connecting Limon to San Jose, known as Route 32. This allows easy access to the brand new APM Mega Port, The Port of Limon, The Port of Moin, and downtown Limon City.


    All points of interest are within a few minutes commute. There are also train tracks located at the rear of the park, and when the train becomes operational in the future, we will have our very own train spur for loading and unloading containers. This will one day allow our investors to load containers and securely transport them to the MOIN Megaport, and facilitate the commute of employees from downtown Limon.


    Infrastructure  


    Whether an investor needs .5 ha or 25 ha, Quantum FZ will strive to provide our investors with a site that perfectly fits their specific needs. Our architects and engineers are on standby to assist with design development and permitting, while our construction and administration teams will ensure that your project is built to first world standards. All investors will benefit from up to date permit letters and a LEED Master Plan designation. This will significantly minimize the amount of time it takes to receive government authorizations to commence construction and provide several pre-approved points towards LEED certification.


    Park services  


    Along with the most attractive tax exemptions in the region, Quantum FZ offers all the amenities found in first class business park, such as an abundant supply of fresh municipal water, tri-phase electric, and redundant fiber optic cables for communications. Quantum FZ’s sustainable utilities include the water treatment facility, which is designed to handle the massive water requirements from industrial uses. The electrical power is 100% renewable energy provided by the nearby Reventazon Dam.


     

    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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