Nicaragua: Foreign Trade - March 2016

In the first quarter of 2016, the performance of the export sector was affected by falling prices in international markets and lower export volumes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Foreign Trade report by Central Bank of Nicaragua:

The value of exports amounted to 554.0 billion, with a reduction in value of 17.5 percent compared to the same quarter in 2015. Meanwhile fob imports amounted to 1331.5 million dollars with a growth of 4.1 percent year on year. In regards to cif imports, they reached 1435.3 million (2.7% growth). Non - oil imports grew by 6.5 percent year on year, led by consumer goods, specifically medical and pharmaceutical products and telecommunications equipment.

Trade Balance:

In the first quarter of 2016, the merchandise trade deficit amounted to 777.5 million dollars, up 169.6 billion in respect to the deficit in the same quarter of 2015. The largest trade deficit was determined both by lower export volumes as well as lower contracted prices for major export products. In the first quarter, the value of exports continues to show a reduction (-17.5%) compared to the level of exports achieved in the same period in 2015. Meanwhile, the value of fob imports accumulated up to March increased by 4.1 percent compared to the same period in 2015. The increase was driven by increased entry into the country of medical and pharmaceutical products, and equipment for the telecommunications and transportation industries.


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