Central America: Clothing Imports Down 13%

In 2016, the value of imported clothing and accessories totaled $1,279 million, 13% less than imports in 2015.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Variation of regional imports 
Between 2015 and 2016, the total value of imports of garments and clothing accessories to Central America fell by 13%, going from $1,473 million in 2015 to $1,279 million in 2016. 

Imports by country 
In 2016, the main importer of clothing and accessories in Central America was Panama with $483 million, followed by Costa Rica with $285 million, Guatemala with $203 million, Honduras with $133 million, El Salvador with $126 million and Nicaragua with $56 million.

Origin of imports 
In 2016, 22% of the value imported from Central America came from China, 22% from the Panama Free Zone, 15% from the USA, 4% from Colombia and 3% from Spain.

Behavior of regional imports 
Between January 2012 and December 2016, the month that recorded the highest monthly import value was November 2015, when the region as a whole bought $172 million, while the month with the lowest data was January 2016, with $77 millions. 

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