Fish Preparations: Growing Business with Italy

In the first quarter of the year sales of prepared and preserved fish from Central America totaled $34 million, and exports to the European country grew by 14% compared to the same period in 2017.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Exportation of fish preparations and preserves in Central America Al June 30th, 2018  

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Variation of regional exports 
Between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, the export value of prepared and preserved fish from Central America decreased by 2%, falling from $35 million to $34 million. The export volume also varied negatively, in this case falling from 8,000 tons to 7,000 tons.  

However, for the periods in question, the value exported to Italy grew by 14%, rising from $7.2 million to $8.2 million. 

Exports by country 
From January to March 2018 the main exporter was still El Salvador, with $24 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $9 million, Panama, with $1 million, Nicaragua with $200,000 and Guatemala with $100,000. On the other hand Honduras did not register exports.  

Destination of exports 
In the first three months of 2018, 24% of the value exported from Central America went to Italy, 21% Spain, 3% to the USA. and 2% to Colombia. 

Italy is the destination country for Central American exports that has grown the most in the first quarter of the last seven years. In 2012 it represented 5% of the total value sold, and in 2018 that figure reached 24%.  

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