El Salvador: Foreign Trade Figures in 2013

An increase in non- traditional exports offset the fall in foreign sales of traditional products.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

According to the report entitled "Trends in Foreign Trade in 2013 in El Salvador" prepared by the Ministry of Economy (Minec) exports in 2013 totaled $5.491 billion, an increase of 2.8 % compared to 2012, when the total figure was $5.339 billion .

$3.908 billion worth of non-traditional products were exported last year, while in 2012 the figure was $3.765 billion. Exports of traditional products were down $42 million, totaling $424.9 million in 2013.

The main non-traditional exported products were from sectors such as metallurgy, paper, paperboard and pulp, plastics and rubber, and clothing, among others.

The main destinations of Salvadoran exports were the U.S. and Central America. Exports to the US totaled $2.490 billion.

Regarding imports, they amounted to $10.772 billion in 2013, while in 2012 the amount was $10.258 billion.

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