Central American Trade Keeps Growing

Central American trade grew by 21.8% during the period January to August 2011, equivalent to $54,249.2 million.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Executive Summary of the Monthly Statistical Bulletin by the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat January-August 2011:

Trade (exports/imports) in Central America showed an increase of 21.8% accumulated during the period January to August 2011, equivalent to U.S. $54249.2 million. This exchange was strongly driven by the growth observed in Honduras (36.4%), Guatemala (23.9%) and El Salvador (22.8%). However, Costa Rica had the greatest weight on the total trade of the region (31.4%), followed by Guatemala (26.8%).

Central American exports show an increase of 20.1%, standing at $18,851.3 million accumulated from January to August 2011, while imports grew by 22.7%, reaching a value of $35,394.9 million. This increased the trade deficit in the region by 25.8% during the period from January to August 2011, compared with the accumulated amount in the same period last year, which totalled a negative balance of $16,540.6 million.

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From the Trade Monitor report by the Economic Secretariat for Central American Integration (SIECA):

Central American Trade Statistics

December 2011

Foreign Trade Statistics for the period July to September 2011 by the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat.

Central American trade (exports + imports) reached $60,780 million during the first nine months of 2011. This exchange is 21.9% higher than in the same period last year, equivalent in absolute terms to an increase of $10,922.4 million.

More Growth in Intraregional Trade

October 2011

In the first six months of the year trade between countries in the region increased by 21.8%.

Data from the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIEC in Spanish) shows that total exports across the isthmus in that period amounted to $14,645 million.

"Regarding imports, the region purchased goods and services amounting to $26,159 million in the first half of this year, 22.8% more than in 2010, according to SIEC

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