According to data from the Industry and Commerce Secretary, oils and derivatives grew 15%, and cigarette exports were up 75%.
"Businessmen consider that if there hadn't been curfews, earnings would have been bigger. ... Belkin Martínez, from the Secretary, informed that they receive 80 people a day wishing to export products".
In 2002 Guatemalan exports to Mexico were $ 116.66 million, while the figure was $501.31 million in 2008.
As for imports, they rose from $548 million to $1.388 billion. This is from figures reported since the entry into force of the FTA in 2002.
Byron Dardón wrote in Prensalibre.com: "Mexico sells Guatemala cellular phones, hard wheat, televisions, malt extract (to produce baby food), shampoos, iron, steel, wire and construction materials in general.
Report from SIECA shows an increase of $2,406 million in external trade for the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.
After 18 months of instability and falling levels of trade, in the first quarter of 2010 external trade recorded an increase of $2,406 million, according to statistics from central banks, trade and economy ministers and statistics institutes of Central American countries.
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