Cell Phones: Regional Purchases Up 27%

During the first three months of 2019, Central American countries imported cell phones for $329 million, 27% more than what was reported in the same period of 2018.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Mobile Phone Market Imports in Central America Al March 31st, 2019  

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Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
From January to March of this year, the main cellular buyer in Central America was Guatemala, with $119 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $76 million, El Salvador, with $53 million, Honduras, with $44 million, Panama, with $30 million and Nicaragua, with $7 million.

Variation in Regional Business
Between the first quarter of 2018 and the same period in 2019, the value imported into the region grew 26%, from $259 million to $329 million.

For the periods in question, purchases from China increased by 90%, from $74 million in 2018 to $143 million in 2019.

Origin of Imports
From January to March 2019, 43% of the value imported into the region came from China, 27% from the US, 25% from Hong Kong and 1% from Vietnam.

China is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most, as in the first quarter of 2012 represented 38% of the total value purchased, and in 2019 rose to 43%.

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

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