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.
The Government ordered a temporary suspension of wire and cable imports from Central America.
Dominican Republic's Treasury Secretary announced they will gather the administrative council for the Central American FTA, to define what is considered as a 'special fiscal regime'. Dominican industrial businessmen have complained about wireimports from Costa Rica that don't comply with the FTA rules of origin.