Furniture: Regional Purchases Went Down 10%

In 2018, imports of home and office furniture in Central American countries totaled $371 million, 10% less than what was reported in 2017, a drop that is partly explained by the behavior of purchases from Chinese companies.

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Panama, Biggest Buyer
In 2018 the main importer of furniture in Central America was Panama with $118 million, followed by Costa Rica with $88 million, Guatemala with $58 million, Honduras with $43 million, El Salvador with $38 million and Nicaragua with $27 million.

Main Suppliers
During the last year, 26% of the value imported from Central America was from China, 23% from the U.S., 6% from Italy, 4% from Colombia and 4% from Brazil.

In the last seven years Italy has been one of the countries of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most, as in 2012 represented 3% of the total value purchased, and in 2018 rose to 6%.

Regional Business Behavior
Between 2017 and 2018, the value imported into the region fell 10%, from $411 million to $371 million.

The year-on-year decline in imports in general contrasts with the reported rise in purchases from Italian companies, since between 2017 and 2018 they increased 11%, growing from $20.4 million to $22.6 million.

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

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