Cardboard Boxes: Regional Purchases Fall 6%

In the first semester of 2020, Central American companies destined $62 million to the purchase of paper or corrugated cardboard boxes, 6% less than what was registered in the same period of 2019.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Import of corrugated paper or cardboard boxes in Central America Al September 30th, 2021  

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Costa Rica, Top Buyer in Central America
From January to June 2020, the main importer of corrugated paper or cardboard boxes in Central America was Costa Rica, with $28 million, followed by Panama, with $12 million, Honduras, with $10 million, Guatemala, with $6 million, El Salvador, with $3 million, and Nicaragua, with $2 million.

Nicaragua and Guatemala were the only countries in the region that reported a year-on-year increase in box imports, registering variations of 83% and 4%, in that order.

Costa Rica reported a 5% drop, El Salvador a 6% drop, Panama 11% and Honduras 19%.

Regional Imports Fall 6%
Between the months of January to June 2019 and the same period in 2020, purchases of paper or cardboard boxes registered a decrease of 6%, from $66 million to $62 million.

In contrast to the general behavior of imports, regional purchases made from U.S. companies increased by 3% for the periods in question.

Main Suppliers of Cardboard Boxes
In the first six months of 2020, 9% of the value imported from Central America came from the United States, 2% from Peru, 1% from China, 1% from Mexico and 1% from Germany.

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