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Incentives

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the best investment environment

We provide great incentives
to boost your operations

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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.



MANUFACTURING PARKS

SERVICES PARKS

Parque Empresarial del Este

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Parque Empresarial del Este


In today’s market, being a premier Free Zone & Business Park is not about having the infrastructure in place. It’s about listening and understanding our client’s needs, learning from their feedback and making strategic decisions to satisfy our customers by developing successful relationships based on mutual respect, shared goals, collaboration and trust with our customers. 


Parque Empresarial del Este distinguished as a modern and innovative Free Zone and Business Park, is oriented exclusively to service-providing companies such as Customer Management Centers (CMC) and Business Process Operations (BPO). 


We offer a unique combination of services and a robust infrastructure which is able to connect worldwide networks; meeting the standards and requirements of our multinational corporations. We also provide all our clients with a team of leading experts to help, advise and accompany them throughout the course of the installation of their companies. We will do our best to ensure that all work environments unite the highest quality, aesthetics and efficiency that each of our customers require. 


Services:



  1. Perimeter security

  2. Maintenance of green areas and parking areas

  3. Basic external maintenance of buildings

  4. Access to our own waste water treatment plant

  5. Competitive and reliable utility services

  6. Waste water treatment plant

  7. Availability of digital and analog dedicated lines

  8. Strategic alliance with RACSA – Redundant fiber optic network with availability 24x7

  9. Direct world-wide fiber optic access through Maya 1 & Arcos submarine cables with speeds from 64 kbps to 2mb, 45mb (T3 or DS3) and 155mb (STM-1).

  10. Parking service

  11. Maintenance staff 24/7

  12. Security staff 24/7

  13. ATM

  14. Recycling programs

  15. Green zones

  16. Public transport service (bus and train)

  17. Restaurants, coffee shops

An additional product offered by one of the sister companies is the logistics services in Free Zone. Known as SEL, this new service regime allows to do inventory management, VMI, packing, repacking, picking, labeling, assembly of products with not jump in harmonized code, pallet preparation, etc., it is a perfect complement for free zone manufacturing companies and the solution for those who do not want to establish a legal branch in Costa Rica or do not wish to invest in local infrastructure

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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