Central American Exports Are Stagnating

In the third quarter of 2018, Central American exports totaled $23,702 million, reporting an increase of less than 1% compared to the same period in 2017, because of the lower dynamism of sales from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

According to the Central American Trade Monitor for the Third Quarter 2018, prepared by the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), imports of goods in the region totaled $54,665 million from July to September last year, recording a 6.5% increase over the same period in 2017.

From the Central America Monitor:

The commercial exchange of goods in Central America during the third quarter of 2018 registered a 4.7% increase over the same period in 2017. However, exports to third markets registered a slight evolution, according to figures from the most recent Central American Trade Monitor, corresponding to the third quarter of 2018.

The main results reflected by the Monitor are the following:

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From the Trade Monitor report by the Economic Secretariat for Central American Integration (SIECA):

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