Trade growing within the Central American region

By improving the movement of merchandise within Central America, the region will facilitate negotiations for a trade association agreement with the European Union.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Costa Rica's exports to its neighbors grew sharply in the first five months of the year. Sales to Panama rose by 37 percent, followed by Nicaragua with 20 percent and El Salvador with 18 percent.
Costa Rica's total exports throughout Central America were 779 million dollars between January and May, up by 128 million, or about 20 percent, for the first five months of 2007.



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Central American Trade Statistics

December 2011

Foreign Trade Statistics for the period July to September 2011 by the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat.

Central American trade (exports + imports) reached $60,780 million during the first nine months of 2011. This exchange is 21.9% higher than in the same period last year, equivalent in absolute terms to an increase of $10,922.4 million.

6% Increase in Regional Trade

November 2010

Regional trade grew 6% in the first 6 months of the year compared to the same period of 2009.

According to information from the Central American Economic Integration Department (SIECA), between January and June of this year, trade reached $ 2,844 million, $ 165 million higher than the same period of 2009.

Intra Regional Trade Down 22%

October 2009

$900 million have been traded within Central America in the first half of this year, $261 million less than the same period of 2008.

The most affected sectors are construction, raw materials (chemical products), and industry (glass, plastics and metals), reported Luis Godoy, director of Agexport, the Guatemalan exporters association.

Inter Regional Trade Down 17%

July 2009

Trade between Central American countries decreased 17% in the first third of 2009, when compared to the same period of 2008.

According to data from the Central American Economic Integration Secretary, exports between the countries of the region reached $1.74 billion, $356 million less than the first third of 2008 ($2.1 billion).

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