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During the first half of 2019, imports of iron and steel sheets in the countries of the region totaled $446 million, and purchases from companies in Mexico increased by 24% over the same period in 2018.

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Import of iron and steel sheets in Central America Al June 30th, 2019  

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Regional Business Downwards
Between the first half of 2018 and the same period in 2019, the value imported into the region decreased 10%, from $495 million to $446 million.

In contrast to the behavior of imports in general, for the periods in question purchases from companies in Mexico increased from $ 16 million to $ 20 million.

Honduras, Main Importer
In the first six months of 2019, the main buyer of iron and steel sheets in Central America was Honduras with $122 million, followed by Costa Rica with $87 million, Guatemala with $78 million, El Salvador with $74 million, Panama with $50 million and Nicaragua with $34 million.

Origin of Imports
From January to June 2019, 57% of the value purchased by Central America came from China, 18% from Japan, 4% from Mexico and 2% from South Korea.

China is the market of origin of imports that has grown the most for the months in question over the last eight years, since in 2012 it represented 18% of total purchases and in 2019 it grew to 57%.

Note: For this report, prepared by CentralAmericaData, data from SIECA were used.

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