Honduras: Maquila in Numbers

At the end of 2014 320 assembly plants were in operation, of which 42% were American, 36% founded on Honduran capital and 22% from other countries.

Monday, August 31, 2015

From the summary of a report by the Central Bank of Honduras "Goods for processing and related activities 2014 and perspectives for 2015/2016"

Operating under the Free Zones regime companies that carry out processing activities, commonly known as maquila, showed a significant increase in 2014 (11.8% in the Gross Value Added, VAB1) because of a stable international environment influenced by strengthening demand mainly outside of the US market which showed economic growth of 2.4%, resulting in an increased demand for goods for domestic production (approximately 76.0% of the exports of the maquila from Honduras went to that country).

The maquila industry remains one of the main sources of employment in the domestic manufacturing industry, with a share of around 41.0% of total employment in this activity, generating about 125,000 jobs in 2014, with noteworthy activities being Manufacturing of Clothes and Apparel.

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