Fiber Optic Cable: Regional Purchases Do Not Improve

Consistent with the 6% decline reported in 2018 with respect to 2017, in the first half of this year the import of fiber optic cable in Central America registered a 20% year-on-year decline.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Import of fiber optic cables in Central America Al June 30th, 2020  

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Costa Rica, Main Importer
In the first six months of 2019, the main buyer in the region was Costa Rica, with $7.7 million, followed by Honduras, with $5.2 million, El Salvador, with $3.8 million, Guatemala, with $3.5 million, Panama, with $2.6 million and Nicaragua, with $1.5 million.

Regional Business Figures
Between the first half of 2018 and the same period of 2019, the value of imported fiber optic cables in Central America decreased by $6 million, dropping from $30.4 million to $24.2 million.

In contrast to the general decline, for the periods in question purchases from companies in Mexico increased considerably, from $2.6 million to $5.6 million.

China, Largest Supplier
From January to June of this year, 28% of the value imported into the region came from China, 23% from Mexico, 17% from the U.S. and 7% from Spain.

China is the market origin of imports that has grown the most for the period in question of the last eight years, as in 2012 represented 7% of total purchases in Central America, and in 2019 that proportion rose to 28%.

Note: For this report, prepared and analyzed by CentralAmericaData, SIECA data were used.

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