Guatemala: Exports May Have Grown 7% in 2017

According to projections by the export sector, last year about $11.2 billion will have been sold abroad, an amount that could exceed by 7% what was exported in 2016.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

From a statement issued by Agexport:

Guatemala to register an increase in its exports of US $743 million

The Guatemalan export sector will close 2017 with good news, as following two years of decline exports of Guatemalan products and services will generate foreign currency worth an estimated US $11,208.3 million this year. The growth rate is 7.1% higher than the 2016 figure (projection based on data from October), this is a record number in the history of Guatemalan exports. 

Guatemala, December 29, 2017. After two years of decline in Guatemalan exports, 2017 was a very positive year for Guatemala.  AGEXPORT's own projections show that the country will be closing 2017 with a total of US $11,208.3 million, which is 7.1% higher than the 2016 figure. Among the factors that exporters have identified as influencing this result is the fact that the global economy has started to recover, prices of traditional products increased by an average of 17.3% in just one year (projection based on data from October).

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