Candies and Chocolates: $211 million in business

From January to September 2020, Central American countries imported $211 million for confectionery, chocolates and other cocoa-based preparations, an amount that is 17% lower than what was reported during the same period in 2019.

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Importation of candies and chocolates in Central America Al September 30th, 2020  

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Guatemalan and Costa Rican Companies, Main Purchasers
From January to September 2020 the main buyer of confectionery and chocolates in Central America was Guatemala with $55 million, followed by Costa Rica with $43 million, Panama with $33 million, Honduras with $32 million, El Salvador with $27 million and Nicaragua with $21 million.

For the months in question in 2020, all countries reduced their purchases abroad in year-on-year terms. Nicaragua decreased its imports by 12%, those of Costa Rica and El Salvador fell by 14% in both cases, those of Guatemala by 15%, those of Honduras by 19% and those of Panama by 28%.

Main Suppliers to the Central American Market
In the first nine months of 2020, 25% of the value imported from Central America came from the USA, 21% from Mexico, 8% from Colombia and 4% from China.

For the period in question in recent years, Colombia is the market of origin of imports that has grown the most, since in 2012 it represented 5% of total purchases and in 2020 it reached 8%.

Variation in Regional Imports
Between January and September 2019 and the same period in 2020, the value imported into Central America decreased by 17%.

For its part, for the periods in question the volume purchased also reported a drop, in this case it was also 17%, going from 94,833 tons to 78,943 tons.

Price of Regional Imports
Between January 2012 and September 2020, the average price per kilo purchased abroad of confectionery and chocolates has ranged between $3.21 and $1.88.

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