Cell Phones: $1.2 Billion in Purchases in 2018

Last year, Central American countries imported cell phones for $1.231 million, and 64% were bought by companies in Guatemala and Costa Rica.

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Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
During 2018, the main cell phones buyer in Central America was Guatemala, with $474 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $310 million, El Salvador, with $167 million, Honduras, with $154 million, Panama, with $92 million and Nicaragua, with $34 million.

Variation in Regional Business
Between 2017 and 2018, the value imported into the region decreased 3%, from $1.269 billion to $1.232 billion.

For the years concerned, purchases from the U.S. fell 17%, from $518 million in 2017 to $427 million in 2018.

Origin of Imports
In 2017, 35% of the value imported into the region was from the USA, 31% from China, 26% from Hong Kong and 4% from Vietnam.

China is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most, as in 2012 represented 28% of the total value purchased, and in 2018 rose to 31%.

Note: For this report, prepared by CentralAmericaData, SIECA data were used.

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