Foreign Trade of Processed Meat in Central America

In 2015 the region as a whole imported $96 million worth of processed meat, led by El Salvador, which imported $25 million, followed by Guatemala with $22 million, and Honduras, with $16 million.

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Importation of sausages in Central America Al June 30th, 2018  


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Figures on Foreign Trade in Sausages Meat and Similar Products in Central America, analyzed by the Business Intelligence Unit at show that in 2015 the countries of Central America imported 33,528 tons of processed meat, equivalent to $96 million.

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In regards to exports, Guatemala led the region in 2015 with $27 million, followed by Costa Rica with $18 million and el Salvador with $4 million. provides detailed information on the import and export of sausages and similar products made from meat, meat offal or blood, food preparations based on cattle, poultry, swine, combinations, and others.

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Central American Sausage Trade Up 6%

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Processed Meat Market in Central America

February 2017

Between January and September 2016, Central American countries together imported $74 million in sausages and similar meat products, at an average price of between $2.37 and $2.85 per kilo.

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Study on Meat Imports in Costa Rica

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Chicken meat imports in Costa Rica had a growth of 57% in 2012 over the previous year, while beef only grew 46%.

From the report:

In 2012 the country imported $48.3 million worth, an increase of 28% compared to the previous year.

Imports of frozen bovine meat recorded the highest increase in monetary terms, with imports in 2012 having increased by more than $4.4 million compared with the previous year, going from $9.6 million in 2011 to approximately $14 million in 2012.

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