Central America: Steel Sheet Imports Up 23%

In the first quarter of the year, purchases of iron and steel sheets in countries in the region totaled $270 million, 23% more than the amount imported in the same period in 2017.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Variation of regional imports 
Between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018 the value imported into the region grew by 23%, increasing from $221 million to $270 million.

Imports by country 
In the first three months of the year, the main buyer of iron and steel sheets in Central America was Guatemala, with $81 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $54 million, Honduras, with $51 million, Panama, with $35 million, El Salvador, with $30 million and Nicaragua, with $20 million.

Origin of imports 
From January to March 2018, 55% of the value purchased by Central America came from China, 19% from Japan, 3% from Mexico and 1% from Switzerland.

China is the market origin of imports that has grown the most in the quarter in question in the last seven years, since in 2012 it represented 19% of total purchases and in 2018 this figure grew to 55%.

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