Ceramic Products: Less Purchases in 2018

Last year in Central America, $357 million was imported in ceramic products, which is 8% less than what was reported in 2017.

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Ceramics Products Imports in Central America Al December 31st, 2018  

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Costa Rica, Main Buyer
In 2018, the main importer of ceramic products in Central America was Costa Rica, with $85 million, followed by Guatemala, with $78 million, Panama, with $73 million, El Salvador, with $53 million, Honduras, with $43 million and Nicaragua, with $25 million.

Regional Imports Downward
Between 2017 and 2018, the value imported into the region decreased 8%, from $386 million to $357 million.

In contrast to the general behavior of regional imports, for the years concerned Central American purchases from Brazil slightly increased, rising from $41 million to $43 million.

Largest Suppliers
Last year, 26% of the value imported into the region was from China, 14% from Mexico, 14% from Spain and 12% from Brazil.

Spain is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most in the last seven years, since in 2012 it represented 7% of the total value purchased, and in 2018 that proportion rose to 14%.

Note: This analysis includes ceramic products such as tiles, glazed tiles, sinks, bathtubs, porcelain household items, porcelain bricks and slabs, ceramic tiles and others. For this report, compiled by CentralAmericaData, SIECA data were used.

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Ceramic Products: Figures up to September 2018

March 2019

During the first nine months of 2018, $263 million in ceramic products were imported, and almost 50% was purchased by companies in Costa Rica and Guatemala.

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Ceramic products: Increasing business with Spain

November 2018

During the first half of the year, Central America totaled $177 million in imports of ceramic products, and purchases from Spain rose 11% over the same period in 2017.

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Ceramic Products: Increasing Trade with Spain

September 2018

In the first quarter of the year Central America imported $90 million worth of ceramic products, and purchases from the European country grew by 3% compared to the same period in 2017.

Figures from the study on the Market for Ceramic Products in Central America, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData:

Ceramic Products in 2017: Purchases Up 7%

June 2018

Explained in part by imports from Spain, last year purchases from Central American countries grew by 7% compared to 2016, totaling $386 million.

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