Maquila: Production Keeps Rising in Honduras

Between 2017 and 2018, the Added Value of Production of the Maquila industry in the country increased by 8.2%, and by 2019 the increase is expected to be 7%.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Gross Added Value (GVA) of the maquila registered in 2018 an amount of $1.452 million, $110 million higher than the previous year, informed the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).

The report states that "... In the year under analysis, the maquila, was positioned within the Manufacturing Industry as one of the main economic activities to register a share of 26.0% to the total and 4.4% in relation to GDP, mainly explained by constant innovation and technological improvement in the production stages of the maquila, as well as the implementation of a strategy of strengthening, sustainability and growth of the Industry.

In 2018 the personnel employed by the maquiladora companies was 139,641 people, higher by 7,443 jobs compared to the level of 2017; translating into 30.1% of the total labor force of the Manufacturing Industry. With respect to the total Economically Active Population (EAP), the representation of the maquila remained at 3.2%.

By the end of 2019, a 6.7% increase is estimated in the gross production value mainly associated to the expected behavior in the foreign demand favored by the commercial tensions between the US and China, therefore it is forecast that the exportations of clothing will reach levels that would be around US$4,400.0 million, higher by approximately US$175.0 million regarding the observed in the same period of 2018 (US$4,263.1 million).

For 2020, a positive rate is projected in the production between 6.5%-7.0%, that would be attributed to greater investment and a dynamization of external demand that will grow in a range of 2.5% and 3.0%, mainly explained by the boom of the markets in emerging and developing countries

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