After two years of decline, the sector's exports in 2013 amounted to $262 million, an increase of 7% compared to 2012.
In 2013 the metalworking industry managed to overcome the economic crisis that began in 2008 and managed to export $262 million. The sector has been able to recover production levels of previous years thanks to the Central American market focusing on certifying quality and entering into new product lines, with the best selling ones being iron rods, flat sheets, plates, fittings for structures laminates, and barbed wires.
A Guatemalan corrugated steel manufacturer has pointed out that zinc sheetsimported from China are being sold at prices below the cost of sales at origin.
A drop in sales, shutdown of equipment and staff layoffs are the causes of the alleged dumping in the corrugated steel market, concludes a preliminary investigation conducted by the Ministry of Economy (Mineco) in response to a complaint lodged by the manufacturer Ternium.
Central American industrialists are requesting that the tariff on imports of the product be 0%, while a local company has requested that the fee be raised to 15%.
This happened in a meeting held by the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (Cohep), which brought together about 22 representatives from companies engaged in the production, import and distribution of sheet metal.
Guatemala will reactivate a lawsuit filed in 2006 for the elimination of tariffs on metallurgical products.
Alexander Cutz , director of the Management of Foreign Trade Administration (Dace), at the Ministry of Economy , said that El Salvador has reduced the tariff on galvanized sheet metal , wire and galvanized pipe to zero .
An article in Prensalibre.com contains more statements by the manager, "Central America has tariffs for these products, and El Salvador has applied a zero tariff to raw materials from various countries, which is affecting the domestic industry."
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