Project ID: 37364

China Eximbank provides $296 million buyer's credit loan for the Route 32 Renovation Project (Linked to Project ID#39847)

Commitment amount

$ 333898819.44819117

Adjusted commitment amount

$ 333898819.45

Constant 2021 USD


Funding agency [Type]

Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) [State-owned Policy Bank]


Costa Rica


Transport and storage (Code: 210)

Flow type


Level of public liability

Central government debt





Mixed (The next section lists the possible statuses.)





Financial Flow Classification

OOF-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

Project lifecycle


Implementation (The next section lists the possible statuses.)










Actual start


Planned complete




On June 3, 2013, the Export-Import Bank of China and the Government of Costa Rica signed two financing agreements worth $396 million for the Rehabilitation and Extension of National Route N° 32 Cross Section Route 4-Limón. The Costa Rican Government approved these financing agreements on March 10, 2015 through Law N° 9293. The first agreement is a USD-denominated buyer's credit loan (ID# 1420202052013211015) worth $296 million (captured via Project ID#37364). The buyer's credit loan (BCL) carries the following borrowing terms: a 4% interest rate, a 0% default (penalty) interest rate, a maturity of 20 years, a 5 year grace period, a 0.25% commitment fee, and a 0.25% management fee. The second financing agreement is a government concessional loan (GCL) agreement [CHINA EXIMBANK GCL NO. (2013) 30 TOTAL NO. (475) 1420203052013111013] worth RMB 628 million (as captured via Project ID #39847). The GCL carries the following terms: an interest rate of 2%, a default (penalty) interest rate of 0%, a maturity of 20 years, a 5 year grace period, a 0.25% commitment fee, and a 0.25% management fee. The borrower was expected to use the proceeds of the GCL and BCL to finance 85% of the cost of a $465,593,387.06 commercial (EPC) contract [CONAVI-CHEC-00] between Costa Rica's National Road Council [Consejo Nacional de Vialidad] (CONAVI) and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), which was signed on June 3, 2013. The purpose of the project is to expand a 107-kilometer section of National Route 32 from two to four lanes. This road section begins at the Route 4 junction at Frío river and extends to Puerto Limón’s district center. National Route 32 connects San José with the port of Limón. 80% of Costa Rican exports and imports go through the ports of Moín and Limón, as it is the main connection with the ports of the eastern United States, Europe, and South America. CHEC is the EPC contractor responsible for project implementation. CONAVI issued an order to CHEC to commence work on November 20, 2017. The project was originally expected to take 42 months from the start date. However, it has faced a variety of delays related to land expropriation, tree cutting and clearing activities, environmental challenges, relocation of utilities, archaeological studies at five locations, and also cultural and language barriers. The initial planned completion date was October 4, 2020. However, according to Service order (O.S.-7) issued by CONAVI to CHEC on January 6, 2020, indicating that the new deadline for completion of the project was March 27, 2021. Another service order (O.S.-11) issued by CONAVI on February 25 2021, indicated that the new deadline for completion of the project was May 22, 2022. As of March 2019, the project had achieved a 9% completion rate.

Additional details

1. The China-Latin America Finance Database, which is co-produced by the Inter-American Dialogue and Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center, characterizes this project as being supported by a single $395 million USD loan from the ‘Chinese government’ and ‘Ex-Im Bank’. However, AidData captures the project as being supported by two separate China Eximbank loans: an RMB 628,000,000 government concessional loan (GCL) and a $296,000,000 USD buyer’s credit loan. Each China Eximbank loan agreement is available in its entirety via 2. Costa Rican Law N° 9293, which ratified the two loan agreements, refers to the project as 'proyecto rehabilitación y extensión de la ruta nacional N° 32 sección cruce ruta 4-Limón' and 'Proyecto de Diseño, Rehabilitación y Ampliación de la Ruta Nacional No.32’. 3. There are several web resources for this project. There is a section of the CONAVI website dedicated to this project, including financial and implementation details: There is also a website powered by CONAVI dedicated to this project, including financial and implementation details: Lastly, there is a YouTube channel exclusively for this road project (Channel name: Ruta 32 Costa Rica):

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Direct receiving agencies [Type]

Government of Costa Rica [Government Agency]

Implementing agencies [Type]

China Harbour Engineering Co., Ltd. [State-owned Company]

National Road Council (CONAVI) [Government Agency]

Costa Rica Ministry of Finance [Government Agency]

Loan Details


20 years

Interest rate


Grace period

5 years

Grant element (OECD Grant-Equiv)


Bilateral loan

Export buyer's credit

Investment project loan