Figures from Metal Mining in Central America

In 2015 Honduras and Guatemala exported ores such as zinc, nickel and other precious metals worth $47 million and $46 million respectively.

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Exports of metalliferous minerals in Central America Al March 31st, 2022  


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Figures from the Report on Import and Export of Ores, Slag and Ash in Central America, prepared by the Business Intelligence Unit at show that in 2015 the countries in the region exported 1,207,000 tons of ores, slag and ash, equivalent in value to $93.4 million.

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In 2015 Honduras sold abroad 29 thousand tons of ores, slag and ash, while Guatemala was exported 1,176,000 tons. Regarding imports in the region, Guatemala led in 2015 with $2.5 million in purchases, followed by Costa Rica, with $0.6 million.

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Mining in Honduras: $168 million Exported in 2017

January 2018

Gold, silver, lead and zinc were some of the main materials exported during 2017, and the main buyers were the USA, Germany, Aruba, Austria and Belgium.

The authorities at the Honduran Institute of Geology and Mines (Inhgeomin) presented figures for 2017 and explained that the good performance achieved last year was mainly due to favourable international prices and to the reactivation in economies such as the United States, which led to an increase in demand for metals and minerals, especially for construction.

Honduras: Mining Exports Up 23%

June 2017

In the first quarter of the year, exports from the mining sector totaled $39 million, an increase of 23% compared to the same period in 2016.

From a report by the Central Bank of Honduras:

The products classified in the mining activity accounted for an exported value of US $39.0 million, US $7.4 million (23.3%) more than in relation to March 2016; brought about by an improvement in the price of minerals in the international market, which has encouraged the largest shipments. 

Export of Metalliferous Minerals in Central America

April 2017

Between January and September 2016 the countries of the region exported 399 thousand tons of metalliferous minerals, led by Guatemala, with 375 thousand tons.

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Honduras: Low Prices Discourage Mining

July 2016

Less mining of metals such as silver, lead, zinc and iron oxide explains the 17% drop in mining activities in the first quarter, compared to the last quarter.

In the quarterly GDP report up to March 2016 the Central Bank states that "...The negative result in Mining and Quarrying (-17.0%) was associated with a decline in metal ore mining (silver, lead, zinc and iron oxide), which has been discouraged by low prices in the international market, which do not stimulate the development of projects aimed at exploring new mineral deposits. "