Clothing: $980 Million Business

From January to September last year, foreign purchases of clothing and accessories made by companies in Central America totaled $981 million, and 46% was imported from China and the United States.

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Import of clothing and clothing accessories in Central America Al September 30th, 2019  

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Panamanian Companies, Main Buyers
In the first nine months of 2019 the main importer of clothing and accessories in Central America was Panama with $316 million, followed by El Salvador with $201 million, Costa Rica with $190 million, Guatemala with $152 million, Honduras with $95 million and Nicaragua with $27 million.

Variation in Regional Imports
Between January and September 2018 and the same period in 2019, the value of clothing imports into Central America decreased 4%, from $1,019 million to $981 million.

Main Suppliers
For the months in question in 2019, 28% of the value imported from Central America came from China, 19% from the United States, 2% from Spain and 2% from Bangladesh.

For the period under analysis over the last eight years, China has been the fastest growing market for imports, accounting for 15% of total Central American purchases in 2012 and 28% in 2018.

Note: For this report, prepared and analyzed by CentralAmericaData, data from SIECA were used.

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June 2018

Last year Central America imported $1.467 billion worth of clothing and clothing accessories, the highest value in the last six years, registering a 15% increase compared to 2016.

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

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