Fridges: Imports fell 13% in 2018

During 2018, companies in Central America imported $415 million in refrigerators and freezers, 13% less than reported in the previous year.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Import of refrigerators and freezers in Central America Al June 30th, 2020  

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Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
In 2018 the main importer was Guatemala, with $93 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $84 million, Honduras, with $77 million, Panama, with $75 million, El Salvador, with $60 million and Nicaragua, with $26 million.

Variation in regional imports
Between 2017 and 2018, the value imported into the region decreased 13%, from $478 million to $415 million.

For the years concerned, purchases from Mexico decreased 7%, from $144 million to $133 million.

Main sellers
In 2018, 32% of the value imported from Central America was from Mexico, 23% from China, 19% from the U.S. and 7% from Colombia.

China is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most in the last seven years, since in 2012 it represented 8% of the total value purchased, and by 2018 that proportion increased to 23%.

Note:
The equipment included in this analysis are fridges and freezers for domestic and industrial use, cabinets, chests, showcases and cold production furniture, horizontal and vertical freezers such as ark or cabinet and other machines or appliances for the production of cooling. Air conditioning equipment is not included in the figures in the report.

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

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Fridges: Purchases from China Still Rising

September 2019

During the first quarter of 2019, Central American companies imported $96 million in fridges and freezers, and purchases from companies in China were up 20% compared to the same period in 2018.

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Fridges: Imports go down 12%

May 2019

Between January and September 2018, companies in Central America imported $291 million in fridges and freezers, 12% less than in the same period last year.

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