Guatemala: Perfumes Lead Cosmetics Exports

Cosmetics exports within Central America increased 7.6% in the first five months of the year, led by perfumes.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Perfumes make up between 40% and 50% of all cosmetics sold abroad.

Though hardly a magnificent year, there was not the negative trend of last year and importers showed confidence. It is also worth highlighting that Guatemala has a lot of more experience in cosmetic products than the rest of the Central American region, Grupo Oclan's corporate director, Salvador Flores, commented to

El Salvador is the largest purchaser of Guatemalan perfumes.

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Guatemalan cosmetics producers are organizing themselves in order to increase their exports to the Dominican Republic and Central America by 20%.

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