Export of Laboratory Services Grows

In 2011, Guatemala exported laboratories services worth more than $19 million, anticipating that the figure will be close to $25 million at the end of 2012.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Zsolt Gerendas, coordinator of the laboratories commission at the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), indicates that the main analysis work performed by Guatemalan laboratories is on samples of products like food and textiles, for export to the United States.

"In Central America, Guatemala and Nicaragua are the only countries that have laboratories capable of performing industrial testing, the most common type of analysis required by companies in the region and the the Dominican Republic," reported Prensalibre.com.

Rodolfo Giron, CEO of Ecoquimsa laboratories, estimates that "there is the possibility of exporting to El Salvador analysis and monitoring of air, water and chimneys". Among the most requested services for the environment is monitoring of gases and particles. The services are mainly exported to Nicaragua and Honduras.



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Laboratory Services: Business in Guatemala

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Businessmen in the sector want the country to become the largest provider of laboratory analysis services in Central America and aim to increase sales to other markets outside the region.

According to figures from the Bank of Guatemala, during 2018 sales abroad classified as laboratory analysis services totaled $7.2 million, Central America being the main target market for the businesses of Guatemalan companies operating in this sector.

Laboratory Services in Guatemala

January 2017

Exports of Guatemalan services for quality analysis of products, processes, raw materials and legal proceedings, were up 11% last year.

From a statement issued by Agexport:

The business and industrial sector in Central America, the Caribbean and South America made use in 2016 of the services provided by certificated Guatemalan laboratories for analysis of food, hydrocarbons, pesticide residues, environmental analysis, occupational health, textile testing, pest diagnostics, plant nutrition and calibration of measuring equipment, all of which generated foreign exchange of more than US $25 million.

Consortium of Laboratories in Guatemala

May 2012

Accredited laboratories who are part of the AGEXPORT Laboratory Commission, are joining together in the region in order to provide analysis and inspection services.

Ten Guatemala companies have joined forces and launched "’G’ Labs Group", the first consortium of laboratories in Latin America with the goal of increasing annual sales by $10 million.

Exports Up in Guatemala and Nicaragua in 2011

January 2011

Nicaragua sold 31.72% more abroad while Guatemala saw 12.8% more exports in 2010 when compared to 2009.

The figures were reported by Nicaragua’s Center for Exports (CEI) and Guatemala’s Exporters Association (Agexport).

According to Agexport estimates, Guatemalan exporters are expected to sell 15.4% more in 2011.

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