Central America: Beer Imports Fall 24%

From January to June 2020, regional beer imports totaled $83 million, 24% less than what was reported for the same period in 2019, with Guatemala and Panama being the markets that registered the most significant drops.

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Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
In the first six months of 2020 the main beer importer in Central America continued to be Guatemala, with $28 million, followed by Honduras, with $19 million, Panama, with $18 million, Costa Rica, with $9 million, El Salvador, with $8 million and Nicaragua, with $1.1 million.

For the period in question, Costa Rica was the only market where imports increased, with a 37% year-on-year variation reported.

In the cases of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras the falls were 13%, 21% and 24%, respectively. Guatemala reduced its purchases abroad by 28%, and in Panama imports fell by 36%.

Regional Business Down
For the period from January to June of the years 2019 and 2020, the imported value of beer in Central America decreased 24%, from $108 million in 2019 to $83 million in 2019.

In the first half of 2020, regional purchases from Mexico decreased by 18% and from the U.S. by 16%.

Main Sellers
As of June 2020, 47% of the value purchased by Central America came from Mexico, 36% from the US, 3% from Belgium, 2% from Spain and 1% from Portugal.

Mexico is the market of origin of the imports that has grown the most for the months in question in recent years, since in 2013 it represented 25% of total purchases and in 2020 it grew to 47%.

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