Aluminum: Purchases Fell 19% in 2020

During 2020, imports of aluminum and its manufactures in Central America totaled $480 million, 19% less than what was reported in 2019, a drop that is explained by the decline in purchases from all markets in the region.

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Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
In 2020 the main importer of aluminum and its manufactures in the region was Guatemala, with $137 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $106 million, El Salvador, with $79 million, Honduras, with $72 million, Panama, with $54 million and Nicaragua, with $33 million.

Last year, purchases from all Central American markets decreased. In the cases of Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica, they decreased by 3%, 4%, 12% and 16%, respectively.

Guatemalan and Panamanian purchases were the ones that decreased the most during the period in question, falling by 17% and 48%, in that order.

Main Suppliers to the Salvadoran Market
During 2020, 33% of the value imported by Central America came from China, 11% from the USA, 7% from Mexico, 2% from India and 2% from Spain.

In recent years China was the market of origin of purchases that has grown the most, since in 2012 it represented 11% of the total value of regional purchases, and in 2020 that proportion rose to 33%.

Regional Business Downward
Between 2019 and 2020 the imported value of aluminum and its manufactures registered a 19% drop, going from $592 million to $480 million.

In contrast to the downward behavior of general imports, purchases from China increased 12% for the periods in question, going from $140 million to $157 million.

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