Chemical Imports in Guatemala

In the first eight months of the year imports of chemicals rose by 9.3% compared to the same period in 2010.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Guild of Agricultural Chemical Association (Agrequima) believes the cause of the increased imports is mainly down to two reasons:

-An increase in cultivated areas (mainly sugar cane, bananas and coffee). "Good prices on the international market are leading to an increase in the use of chemicals to achieve higher yields", said Julio Reyna, VP of Agrequima to

- The introduction of new technologies promoted by research and development companies which have a higher cost per treatment.

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Contraband Agrochemicals

September 2018

The agricultural chemical union of Guatemala states that the illicit commercialization of fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides, represents about 12% of the local market.

According to reports from the Association of the Agricultural Chemical Guild (Agrequima), between August 2016 and the same month in 2018, a investigation of agrochemical packaging was carried out in the union's collection centers, in which several products were identified which did not possess the minimum quality requirements.

Trends in Agrochemicals in Guatemala

May 2012

There has been an increased use of fungicides and herbicides, produced with improved technologies, for the purpose of increasing productivity and environmental protection.

A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:

Guatemala is beginning to take the first steps towards implementing new technologies in agrochemicals for crops, with a focus on environmental care and higher yields.

Panama: Imports Growing

May 2011

In the first quarter there were 20% more imported goods than in the same period of 2010.

The buoyancy experienced by the Panamanian economy has led Panamanians to increase consumption, explaining the significant increase on imported goods in recent months.

An article in notes: "According to preliminary figures from the Controller, from January to March $2,484.800 worth of assets came into the country, whereas in 2010 the total was $69.3 million 2000. "

Import of Pesticides in Guatemala Up 11%

January 2011

In 2010 the total amount imported was $ 149 million, 11.1% higher than 2009.

Of the total imports, almost 35% is exported to Central America, some to the Caribbean countries and the rest to the United States.

The largest buyer of chemicals manufactured in Guatemala is Honduras.

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