During 2008-2009 crisis, wine imports fell to less than $14 million, before peaking at $15 million in 2010, and then continued to increase during 2011, with $9 million being recorded in the first half of the year.
An increase in the consumption of wine originating mainly from Chile, Argentina, Spain and Italy, has prompted the emergence of specialist shops with a wide range of products, from glasses and decanters to literature on the subject.
Beer imported from the US and Germany compete with with similar prices to those of local brands.
The entrance in effect of CAFTA-RD implied a tariff reduction of 15% to 11%, for U.S. beers. This tariff will be gradually reduced to 0%, at a rate of 1% per year. Currently, most imports come from Mexico and Nicaragua.