Central American Trade Figures - Ist Quarter 2017

Trade in goods in the region is showing signs of recovery with an increase in exports to third-party trading partners and an increase in intraregional imports.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

Central America, July 10, 2017. Trade in goods in Central America shows signs of recovery with an increase in exports to third-party trading partners and an increase in intraregional imports, according to figures from the most recent Central American Trade Monitor for the first quarter of 2017. The main results derived from the Monitor are as follows: 

▪ Central America's total exports added up to USD 7,811.0 million in 2017, exceeding export performance in the same period in 2016, with a year-on-year increase of 14.0%. During the first quarter of 2017, 28.9% of Central American exports were made in the intraregional market.  Exports to this market grew by 2.7% in comparison, exports to third party markets grew by 19.2%, with an increase in the value of exports to markets such as the United States (+ 11.6%), the European Union (+23.6 %), Mexico (+ 21.6%) and Canada (+ 3.8%).  

▪ The products that led extra regional exports were: coffee and substitutes (16.8% of total), bananas and plantains (11.3%), sugar (10.0%), medical, surgical, dental and veterinary instruments (9.2%), and dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangoes and mangosteens (4.1%). Among the 10 families of goods exported to third party commercial partners, the entry of nutmeg, mace, amomos and cardamoms, and melons, watermelons and fresh papayas, stand out the most.  

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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.

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Trade in goods and services between the countries of the region amounted to $4.792 billion during the second quarter of the year, 3% more than in the same period of 2017.

Central America's total exports reached USD 16,299.7 million in the second quarter of 2018 and increased by 1.7% over the same period last year.

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October 2016

In the second quarter, the region exported $14,440 million, of which 31% went to the intra-regional market and 69% to other markets.

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

Central America, October 6, 2016. The dynamics of regional trade continue in a negative phase in terms of aggregate growth and internal results in many countries, however, when compared with that seen in the previous quarter a slowdown can be seen in retail trade.  

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International Trade Informaction, Trade Balance, Product Analysis, Top Partners, Top Products.


Original Country Data: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

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