Steel Sheets: Purchases Decrease 7%

During the first quarter of 2019, imports of iron and steel sheets in the countries of the region totaled $224 million, 7% less than reported in the same period of 2018.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Import of iron and steel sheets in Central America Al June 30th, 2019  

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Regional Business Downwards
Between the first quarter of 2018 and the same period in 2019, the value imported into the region decreased 7%, from $240 million to $224 million.

For the periods concerned, purchases from companies in China decreased from $133 million to $124 million.

Honduras, Main Importer
In 2018 the main buyer of iron and steel sheets in Central America was Honduras, with $63 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $49 million, Guatemala, with $40 million, El Salvador, with $39 million, Panama, with $17 million and Nicaragua, with $16 million.

Origin of Imports
From January to March 2019, 55% of the value purchased by Central America came from China, 19% from Japan, 5% from Mexico and 2% from South Korea.

China is the market origin of imports that has grown the most for the months in question of the last eight years, since in 2012 represented 19% of total purchases and in 2019 grew to 55%.

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

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