Bottled Water: Purchases Recover

After in August 2020, in the context of the pandemic caused by covid-19, regional imports of bottled water dropped to a historic low of $700 thousand, in the following months a recovery was evidenced and in December the figure rose to $2 million.

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Panamanian Companies, Main Buyers
In 2020 the main importer of bottled water in Central America was Panama, with $8 million, followed by Honduras, with $3.1 million, Costa Rica and El Salvador, with $2.9 million each, Guatemala with $2 million, and Nicaragua, with $1.2 million.

Last year, Nicaragua's imports fell 12%, Honduras reduced its purchases by 20%, Guatemala by 21%, El Salvador by 23%, Costa Rica by 23% and Panama by 26%.

Regional Business Variation
Between 2019 and 2020 the imported value of bottled water in Central America decreased 21%, going from $24 million to $19 million.

For the periods in question, Central American purchases from Mexican companies grew from $500 thousand to $600 thousand.

USA and Italy, Main suppliers
In 2020, 57% of the imported value in the region came from the U.S., 8% from Italy, 6% from France, 3% from Mexico, 2% from Spain, 1% from Turkey and 1% from China.

The U.S. is the market of origin of imports that has grown the most in recent years, since in 2012 it accounted for 33% of total Central American purchases and in 2020 that proportion rose to 57%.

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