Beer in Central America: Imports Growing

From January to March of 2018 Central American countries bought $40 million worth of malt beer from abroad, 46% more than the same period in 2017.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Import of malt beer in Central America Al September 30th, 2020  

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Imports by country 
In the first three months of this year, the main importer of beer in Central America was Guatemala, with $16 million, followed by Honduras, with $9 million, Panama, with $7 million, Costa Rica, with $4 million, El Salvador, with $3 million and Nicaragua, with $1.3 million. 

Variation of regional imports 
For the period from January to March of 2017 and 2018, the value of imported beer in Central America increased by 46%, rising from $28 million in 2017 to $40 million in 2018. 

In the first three months of the years between 2013 and 2016, regional purchases abroad grew steadily at an annual average of 14%. Regarding the monthly import value, the graph shows a clear upward trend for the months between January 2012 and March 2018.

Origin of imports 
From January to March 2018, 53% of the value purchased by Central America came from Mexico, 29% from the US, 3% from Portugal and 2% from Belgium.

Mexico is the origin market for imports that has grown the most in the quarter in question in the last seven years, as in 2012 it represented 30% of total purchases and in 2018 that figure rose to 53%.

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