Regional Trade Down 21%

From January to May 2009, $1.736 were exported and imported within the region, down from the $2.196 million registered in the same period of 2009.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The global economic crisis was the main reason behind the fall in regional trade, as imports and exports to the rest of the world also decreased, with drops of 30% and 15% respectively.

"The drop in trade was one justification used by ministers from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, when opposing sanctions to Honduras", published Nacion.com. "The ministers warned that political sanctions, such as isolation, will only impact commerce, job generation and areas affecting all five countries".



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