Clothing: Record Imports in 2017

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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Import of clothing and clothing accessories in Central America Al December 31st, 2018  

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Imports by country 
In 2017, the main importer of clothing and accessories in Central America was Panama, with $496 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $285 million, El Salvador, with $271 million, Guatemala with $221 million, Honduras with $140 million and Nicaragua, with $54 million.

Variation of regional imports 
Between 2016 and 2017, the value of imported clothing in Central America increased by 15%, rising from $1.28 billion in 2016 to $1.467 billion in 2017. The growth registered in 2017 reflects a recovery in imports, as in 2016 a decrease of 13% was reported compared to the previous year.

Origin of imports 
In 2017, 23% of the value imported from Central America came from China, 21% from the United States, 4% from Spain and 3% from Colombia.

In the last six years, China was the origin market for the imports that grew the most, given that in 2012 it represented 16% of all Central American purchases and in 2017 that proportion reached 23%. 

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