Guatemalan Chemical Exports Up 16.9%

In the first five months of the year, sales abroad totaled $107.9 million compared to $92 million in the same period of 2009.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Herbicides such as glyphosate, 2.4-D and Paraquat are the main products exported, according to Alfredo Ortiz, head of a Guatemalan association of agricultural input suppliers.

"Guatemalan agrochemical products are sold throughout Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Some are sent to Mexico but, 'the biggest markets are El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Very little is exported to Costa Rica since that country's domestic agricultural supplies providers receive tax benefits, putting Guatemalan companies at a competitive disadvantage,' says Ortiz," reports

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