Laptops and Tablets: Regional Purchases Up 25%

Imports in the sector are still rising, as in 2020 companies from Central American countries imported $541 million in laptops and similar devices, 25% more than what was registered in 2019.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Import of laptops and similar devices in Central America Al December 31st, 2020  

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Costa Rica, Main Buyer
During 2020 the main importer of laptops and tablets in Central America was Costa Rica with USD$369 million, followed by Guatemala, with $235 million, Panama, with $132 million, El Salvador, with USD$116 million, Honduras, with $76 million and Nicaragua, with $48 million.

For the period in question, Guatemalan, Costa Rican, Honduran, Panamanian and Salvadoran imports increased 49%, 36%, 21%, 5% and 5% respectively. Nicaraguan purchases were the only ones with a 24% decrease.

Regional Business Rising
Between 2019 and 2020, the value imported into the region rose 25%, increasing from $433 million to $540 million.

For the periods in question, imports from the U.S. increased 44%, from $178 million to $239 million.

Origin of Imports
In 2020, 45% of the value imported into the region came from China, 44% from the U.S., 4% from Zona Franca Panama, 1% from Mexico, 1% from Germany and 1% from Panama.

Chinese imports have gained ground in recent years, as in 2012 they accounted for 22% of the total at the regional level and in 2020 the proportion rose to 46%.

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