Soaring Construction Costs in Guatemala

Materials and other inputs saw rises of 25 percent in 2011, with a quintal of iron having the highest price increase.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Construction materials experienced a 25.6 percent increase last year, compared to prices in 2010. A quintal of iron was the item with the most notable rise, going from Q337.7 ($ 43) in 2010 to Q423.58 ($ 54) in 2011, reported

"These products were driven by the increased international price of steel, and another factor was the rise in oil prices," said Oscar Sequeira, president of the Statistical Commission of the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction.

Edgar Diaz, business manager for Cementos Progreso, told "the causes of these changes are due to economic reasons affecting all industries. The rising cost of electricity, transportation, inflation and rising prices of the fuel we use have also had an effect." For this year, Diaz revealed that they expect another minor adjustment in the price, but did not mention the exact amount.

The construction sector accounted for 0.9% of gross domestic product in 2011.

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