Cell Phones in Central America: A $590 million business

Between January and June 2017, the region imported $590 million worth of mobile phones, 10% more than the imports in the same period in 2016.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Main brands  
Among the main brands imported into Central America and according to purchase value are Samsung, Huawei and Apple, which together account for approximately 80% of total imports.

Imports by country 
In the first semester of 2017, the main cell phone buyer in Central America was Guatemala, with $213 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $147 million, El Salvador, with $83 million, Honduras, with $72 million, Panama, with $46 million and Nicaragua, with $29 million. 

Variation of regional imports 
Between the first semester of 2016 and the same period in 2017 the value imported into the region grew by 10%, increasing from $537 million to $590 million.

US purchases went up 30%, going up from $230 million in the first half of last year, to $298 million in the same period in 2017.

Origin of imports 
From January to June 2017, 51% of the value imported in the region came from the USA, 22% from China, 15% from Hong Kong and 8% from Vietnam. 

The USA is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most, since in the first half of 2015 it represented 37% of the total value purchased, and in the same period of 2017 this figure rose to 51%.

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