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The 2011 Import and Export Market for Frozen Crustaceans in Costa Rica

On the demand side, exporters and strategic planners focusing on frozen crustaceans in Costa Rica face a number of questions. Which countries are supplying frozen crustaceans to Costa Rica? How important is Costa Rica compared to others in terms of the entire global and regional market? How much do the imports of frozen crustaceans vary from one country of origin to another in Costa Rica? On the supply side, Costa Rica also exports frozen crustaceans. Which countries receive the most exports from Costa Rica? How are these exports concentrated across buyers? What is the value of these exports and which countries are the largest buyers? This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and import/export managers who are concerned with the market for frozen crustaceans in Costa Rica. With the globalization of this market, managers can no longer be contented with a local view. Nor can managers be contented with out-of-date statistics which appear several years after the fact. I have developed a methodology, based on macroeconomic and trade models, to estimate the market for frozen crustaceans for those countries serving Costa Rica via exports, or supplying from Costa Rica via imports. It does so for the current year based on a variety of key historical indicators and econometric models. In what follows, Chapter 2 begins by summarizing where Costa Rica fits into the world market for imported and exported frozen crustaceans. The total level of imports and exports on a worldwide basis, and those for Costa Rica in particular, is estimated using a model which aggregates across over 150 key country markets and projects these to the current year. From there, each country represents a percent of the world market. This market is served from a number of competitive countries of origin. Based on both demand- and supply-side dynamics, market shares by country of origin are then calculated across each country market destination. These shares lead to a volume of import and export values for each country and are aggregated to regional and world totals. In doing so, we are able to obtain maximum likelihood estimates of both the value of each market and the share that Costa Rica is likely to receive this year. From these figures, rankings are calculated to allow managers to prioritize Costa Rica compared to other major country markets. In this way, all the figures provided in this report are forecasts that can be combined with internal information sources for strategic planning purposes. After the worldwide summary in Chapter 2 of both imports and exports of frozen crustaceans, Chapter 3 goes into detail on imports, but for each major country of origin serving Costa Rica. A “major” market is defined as a country where Costa Rica represents a substantially large share of either imports or exports. For each major country exporting to Costa Rica, one can thus observe how important Costa Rica is to that exporting country compared to other countries of the world. Chapter 4 does the same, but for exports of frozen crustaceans originating from Costa Rica, for each major country of destination. In doing so, one can discover the share that Costa Rica has in each major market; this share value is often used as a measure of competitiveness for Costa Rica. In all cases, the total dollar volume and percentage share values by major trading partner are provided. Combined, Chapters 3 and 4 present a the total picture for imports and exports of frozen crustaceans to and from Costa Rica to and from all other major countries in the world. "Frozen Crustaceans" as a category is defined in this report following the definition given by the United Nations Statistics Division Classification Registry using the Standard International Trade Classification, Revision 3 (SITC, Rev. 3). The SITC code that defined "frozen crustaceans" is 0361 .
1 INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY 2 COSTA RICA AND THE WORLD MARKET 2.1 Imports in Costa Rica in 2011 2.2 Exports from Costa Rica in 2011 3 IMPORTS IN COSTA RICA 3.1 Latin America 3.1.1 Nicaragua 4 EXPORTS FROM COSTA RICA 4.1 Europe 4.1.1 Belgium 4.1.2 Germany 4.1.3 the Netherlands 4.2 Latin America 4.2.1 Guatemala 4.2.2 Mexico 5 DISCLAIMERS, WARRANTEES, AND USER AGREEMENT PROVISIONS 5.1 Disclaimers & Safe Harbor 5.2 ICON Group Ltd. User Agreement Provisions
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