Laptops and Tablets: Regional Purchases Up 14%

Imports in the sector continue to rise, since from January to September 2020, companies from Central American countries imported $367 million in laptops and similar devices, 14% more than in the same period of 2020.

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Costa Rica, Main Buyer
During the first nine months of 2020 the main importer of laptops and tablets in Central America was Costa Rica with $270 million, followed by Guatemala with $164 million, Panama with $92 million, El Salvador with $80 million, Honduras with $49 million and Nicaragua with $36 million.

For the period in question, Costa Rican and Guatemalan imports increased 39% and 30%, respectively, in year-on-year terms. Honduran purchases decreased 1%, Panamanian 3%, Salvadoran 21% and Nicaraguan 46%.

Regional Business Up
Between January-September 2019 and the same period in 2020, the value imported into the region rose 14%, increasing from $323 million to $367 million.

For the periods in question, imports from the U.S. rose 29%, from $134 million to $173 million.

Origin of Imports
From January to September, 47% of the value of imports in the region came from the U.S., 42% from China, 1% from Vietnam, 1% from Mexico, 1% from Germany and 1% from Denmark.

Chinese imports have gained ground in recent years, as in 2012 they accounted for 21% of the total at the regional level and in 2020 the proportion rose to 47%.

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