Steel Sheets: More Regional Purchases in 2018

During the last year, imports of iron and steel sheets in the countries of the region totaled $941 million, 13% more than in 2017, a rise explained by purchases made from companies in China.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Regional Business Upwards
Between 2017 and 2018, the value imported into the region grew 13%, from $836 million to $942 million.

For the years concerned, purchases from companies in China increased by 31%, from $412 million to $540 million.

Imports by Country
In 2018 the main buyer of iron and steel sheets in Central America was Honduras, with $240 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $202 million, Guatemala, with $174 million, El Salvador, with $142 million, Panama, with $118 million and Nicaragua, with $67 million.

Origin of Imports
During 2018, 57% of the value purchased by Central America came from China, 16% from Japan, 3% from Mexico and 2% from South Korea.

China is the market origin of imports that has grown the most in the last seven years, as in 2012 represented 21% of total purchases and in 2018 grew to 57%.

Note: For this report, prepared by CentralAmericaData, SIECA data were used.

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