Rice in Central America: $265 million in Imports

In 2017, countries in the region imported $265 million worth of rice, of which 45% was purchased by companies in Costa Rica and Honduras.

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Import of rice in Central America Al September 30th, 2019  

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Variation of regional imports 

Between 2016 and 2017, the total value of rice imported into Central America fell by 5%, going from $279 million to $265 million. This fall contrasts with the increase reported for the years 2015 and 2016, when a 6% increase was registered, rising from $264 million to $279 million.

Imports by country 
In 2017, the main importer of rice into Central America was Costa Rica, with $70 million, followed by Honduras and Nicaragua, with $50 million each, Guatemala, with $42 million, Panama, with $27 million, and El Salvador, with $26 million.

Origin of regional imports 

In 2017, 54% of the value imported by Central America came from the USA, 14% from Brazil, 9% from Argentina, 8% from Guyana and 5% from Uruguay.

In the last six years, purchases made by the region from Argentina were those that grew the most, as in 2012 they represented less than 1% of the total imported and in 2017 this figure reached 8%.

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