Car Batteries: Central America's Business

The countries of the region imported batteries for vehicles for $50 million in the first quarter of 2018, and 60% was purchased by companies in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Central American imports of electric accumulators Al March 31st, 2020  

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Variation in regional imports
The value of imported car batteries in Central America decreased 5% between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, falling from $52 million to $50 million.

Imports by country
The main buyers were Guatemala and Costa Rica, with $11 million each, followed by Panama and Honduras, with $8 million each, and El Salvador and Nicaragua, with $6 million each, from January to March of this year.

Origin of imports 
In the first three months of the year, 42% of the value imported in the region came from Mexico, 18% from the US, 12% from China, 10% from South Korea, 2% from Turkey and 2% from Colombia.

USA it is the market origin of the imports that has most been reduced in the first quarter of the last seven years, since in 2012 it represented 26% of the total purchases of Central America, and in 2018 that proportion fell to 18%.

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