Beer in Central America: Imports Fall 5%

From January to March 2020, beer imports in Central America totaled $56 million, 5% less than what was reported for the same period in 2019, with Guatemala and Honduras being the markets that registered the most significant drops.

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Import of malt beer in Central America Al March 31st, 2020  

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Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
In the first three months of 2020 the main beer importer in Central America continued to be Guatemala, with $21 million, followed by Panama, with $13 million, Honduras, with $12 million, El Salvador, with $5 million, Costa Rica, with $5 million and Nicaragua, with $600 thousand.

For the months in question, two of the six countries recorded year-on-year increases in their purchases. In Costa Rica and El Salvador imports increased by 23% and 7%, in that order.

In the case of Panama and Honduras the falls were 4% and 6%, respectively. Guatemala reduced its imports by 12% and Nicaragua by 21%.

Regional Business Downwards
For the period from January to March of 2019 and 2020, the value of beer imported into Central America decreased 5%, from $58 million in 2019 to $56 million in 2019.

In contrast to the general behavior, for the periods in question, regional purchases made from the U.S. increased 13%, from $18 million to $20 million.

Main Sellers
As of March 2020, 51% of the value purchased by Central America came from Mexico, 36% from the US, 3% from Belgium, 1% from Spain and 1% from the Netherlands.

Mexico is the market of origin of imports that has grown the most for the months in question over the last eight years, since in 2012 it represented 34% of total purchases and in 2019 it increased to 51%.

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