Guatemala: Exports to Major Markets Fall

Exports to the US, Central America and Europe fell by 1.3%, 7.2% and 51.8% respectively.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Statistics from the Bank of Guatemala reflect the numbers for January 2009 when compared to January 2008.

Some of the sectors most affected were coffee and petroleum, with drops of 18.8% and 65%, and the textile industry, whose exports to the U.S. decreased by 29.2%.

An article published in, indicated that overall exports rose 1.2% over the same period, “thanks to greater proceeds from sugar, bananas and cardamom.”

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