Panama's exports in 2010

The fastest growing products reported in 2010 were cocoa beans with 195% and sugar cane with 94%.

Friday, February 18, 2011

According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, of the twenty most exported products, ten of them reported significant growth.

"Of those 20 products, 17 agricultural exports reported increases during that period, including sugar cane with 94%, ethyl alcohol 159%, cocoa beans 195%, palm oil 217%, prepared or preserved meat with 39%, fruit juice 46%, unroasted coffee 39%, frozen bovine meat 55%, cheese 69%, eggs 20%, other milk 16%; and vegetables 17%, among others," informs

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Cocoa and Palm Oil Lead Panamanian Exports

February 2011

During the first 11 months of 2010, cocoa and palm oil were the 2 agricultural products which increased their sales the most.

According to the Commerce and Industry Ministry (Mici), cocoa exports increased from $ 957.8 thousand in the first 10 months of 2009 to $ 2.8 million in the same period of 2010. During the same time-frame, palm oil exports rose from $ 781.4 thousand to $ 4.15 million.

Steady Fall in Costa Rican Agricultural Exports

April 2011

A lack of incentives, slow modernization and increased worldwide competition have weakened the country's agro-export sector.

Proof of this is in export figures for melon, flowers, ornamental plants, animal feed and chayote squash, which have fallen to levels last seen five years ago.

Exports from Mexico to Central America Increase

May 2011

In 2010 the country's food exports from the north to the isthmus increased by 25%.

Product sales from Mexico to the Central American countries totaled more than $644 million last year, far exceeding the previous year's figures.

This significant increase has led to an improvement in the results of the trade balance, growth from sales in recent years has generated a trade surplus that has reversed the previous downward trend.

Panama: CEFA Products List Expanded

April 2012

The program for the Promotion of Export Competitiveness includes 66 new products such as farmed shrimp, sausages, fruit nectars and juices.

Law 82 of 31st December 2009 regulates the Certificates for Development of Agricultural Exports (CEFA in Spanish) and initially was limited to non-traditional agricultural exports, including about 230 products or their derivatives such as tomatos, salsa, yuca, squashes , palm oil, pepper, alcohol, meat, coconut, chicken, candy, jam, ginger, juice, marmalade, and milk, among other things.

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