Paper and Cardboard: Sector Reaches Pre-Pandemic Levels

By 2021, a recovery of the paper and cardboard sector is observed, reaching $2,471 million, equivalent to 1,942,360 tons, with the main supplier being the United States of America market with $837 million.

Monday, July 4, 2022

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

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Change in Regional Imports
Between 2020 and 2021, the imported volume of paper and cardboard registered a 7.34% increase, going from 1,809,542 million tons to 1,942,360 million tons.

For the periods in question, the imported value recorded an increase of 28.02%, going from $1,930.5 million to $2,471.4 million.

In contrast to the general behavior, purchases from companies in Costa Rica decreased 10% for the years under analysis, going from $79 million in 2020 to $71 million in 2021.

Costa Rican Companies, Main Buyers
During 2021, the main buyer of paper and cardboard in Central America was Costa Rica with $588 million, followed by Guatemala with $478 million, Honduras with $312 million, El Salvador with $253 million, Panama with $189 million and Nicaragua with $111 million.

Three of the six countries recorded year-over-year declines in their purchases. In Guatemala, imports fell 35%, in Panama 70% and in Honduras 15%.

The markets that recorded a positive variation were Costa Rica with 335% and El Salvador with 21%.

Main Suppliers in the Region
Last year, 34% of the value of imports from Central America came from the USA, 14% from El Salvador, 10% from Guatemala, 8% from Mexico and 5% from China.

The U.S. is the market of origin of imports that has decreased the most in recent years, since in 2012 it represented 40% of total purchases and in 2021 that proportion fell to 34%.

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