The Costa Rica´s General Directorate of Customs issued the statement DGA-010-2020, which expands the list of products for surgical use that have export and re-export restrictions, which they had initially established through directive DGA-003-2020.

The products added are as follows:

  • Mono-glasses: Mono-glasses with indirect ventilation, transparent lens, foam covered frame and adjustable headband. Ergonomic and panoramic design. HSC: 9004.
  • Mask: N95 masks. HSC: 6307.
  • Gloves: Nitrile gloves (size L, M and S). HSC: 4015.
  • Robes: Disposable robes. HSC: 6210.
  • Mask: Disposable surgical masks. HSC: 6307.


Process: Companies that wish to export the products indicated in the previous list, must have an Export License, issued by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce. The license will be issued through an administrative resolution, and its refusal may be appealed by the interested party.

In case the application is not resolved within the established period, and as long as the applicant has provided the complete information for the purposes of the application, as declared under oath, the Export License will be understood as granted, in application of positive silence.

The export of this type of products will not be allowed when the respective Export License is not attached to the corresponding customs documents.

Exceptions: The exports made by companies covered by Law No. 7210, Free Trade Zone Regime Law, are specifically exempt from the application of this measure, such as:

a) Processing companies that carry out activities to manufacture devices for the medical industry and its components.

b) Companies that provide comprehensive logistics services to third parties that usually export products subject to this measure.

c) Trading companies that usually export products subject to this measure and that are inhibited from selling to the local market.


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