El Salvador: Exports Up 17%

In January 2018, exports totaled $500 million, 17% more than in the same month in 2017, and sales of sugar and clothing accounted for most of the increase.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Central Reserve Bank (Banco Central de Reserva or BCR) reported that during the first month there was a noteworthy " ... positive result from 24 branches of the economy with export records, with the greatest contributions standing out as those from the sugar industry with US $35.8 million, maquila industrial services with US $16.4 million and textiles and their apparel with an additional US $11.2 million."

From a statement issued by the Central Bank:

At the end of the first month of 2018, Salvadoran exports of goods amounted to US $500 million, up US $73.9 million from January 2017, which represents year-on-year growth of 17.3%, the Central Reserve Bank reported. The positive result from 24 branches of the economy with export records stands out, with the most contributions coming from the sugar industry with US $35.8 million, the maquila industrial services with US $16.4 million and textiles and their apparel with an additional US $11.2 million.

Gold coffee and other agricultural products exported 77.5% of the total agricultural sector, with US $4.4 and US $4.2 million, respectively. The main commercial partner for Salvadoran goods, the United States, demanded 42% of total exports, that is to say US $210.2 million, more than US $8.7 million than what was exported in the same period in 2017, which represents a growth of 4.3% in interannual terms; It is important to mention the contribution of the sugar sector to this result, product of the export of US $19.7 million to the US, an amount that was higher by US $10.8 million compared to January 2017.

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In 2017 exports totaled $5,760 million, 6% more than in 2017, and sales of clothing and sugar were the ones that accounted for most of the increase.

Sales in the Central American region, including Panama, constituted the second largest destination for Salvadoran exports, amounting to $2.403 billion, also registering an increase of 6% compared to 2016.

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