Paper and Cardboard: Purchases in the Region Declining

During the first quarter of 2021, a progressive drop was reflected during the last three years, reaching $491 million in paper and cardboard purchases.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Import of paper and cardboard in Central America Al December 31st, 2021  

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Change in Regional Imports
Between the first quarter of 2020 and 2021, the imported volume of paper and board recorded a 18.04% drop, going from 519.410 million tons to 425.713 million tons.

For the periods in question, the imported value recorded a decrease of 7.12%, falling from $528.2 million to $490.6 million.

In contrast to the behavior in general, purchases from companies in Sweden grew 4.25% for the years under analysis, going from $4.8 million in 2020 to $5.1 million in 2021.

Costa Rican and Guatemalan Companies, Main Purchasers
During the first quarter of 2021, the main buyer of paper and cardboard in Central America was Costa Rica with $155.3 million, followed by Guatemala with $131.4 million, Honduras with $91.5 million, El Salvador with $70.8 million, Panama with $49.7 million and Nicaragua with $29.6 million.

Five of the six countries recorded year-over-year declines in their purchases. In Costa Rica imports fell 2.91%, in Guatemala 18.31%, in Panama 8.64%, in Honduras 6.64% and in Nicaragua 10.95%.

El Salvador was the only market that registered a positive variation, reporting an increase of 6.49%.

Main Suppliers in the Region
During the first quarter, 31.82% of the value of imports from Central America came from the U.S., 7.12% from Mexico, 5.30% from China, 2.58% from Brazil, 2.25% from Colombia, 1.61% from Germany and 1.59% from Chile.

The U.S. is the market of origin of imports that has decreased the most in recent years, since in 2012 it represented 42.18% of total purchases and in 2021 that proportion fell to 31.82%.

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