El Salvador: Remittances Increased 6% up to March 2019

During the first quarter of the year, family remittances sent to the country totaled $1.298 million, 6% more than what was reported in the same period of 2018.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Family remittances from El Salvador totaled $1,297.7 million in the first quarter of 2019, presenting a 5.9% growth, $72.5 million higher than the income received under this concept in the same period of the previous year, informed the Central Reserve Bank (BCR).

The BCR document reviews that "... On the other hand, 4.8 million operations were recorded for family remittances, not including surcharges, with a growth of 6.9% in the first quarter.

The average family remittance per operation was US$266.36, excluding surcharges and cash, and US$224.71 including these elements. Chalatenango and Cabañas are the departments with the highest average remittances with US$355.12 and US$328.54, respectively.

Family remittances were received from 126 countries. In the top 5 of the main ones are the following: The United States was number one with 94.8% of the total, equivalent to US$1,230.8 million; followed by Canada with 0.9%; Italy (0.5%); Spain (0.4%) and Mexico with 0.1% of the total amount.

According to the Central Bank, in the first quarter of 2019 family remittances were concentrated in the central area (36.3% of the total amount) and eastern (32.5%). From the central zone, the department of San Salvador received 20.2% and from the eastern zone, San Miguel captured 12.1% of the total.
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