Textile Business Grows in Central America

In 2016, the value of imported yarns and textile raw materials in the region amounted to $328 million, equivalent to 89 thousand tons, 6% more than the volume purchased in 2015.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Import of yarns and textile inputs in Central America Al September 30th, 2018  

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Variation of regional imports
From 2013 to 2016 the volume of imports of textile yarns and textile materials into Central America has grown at an annual average of 7%, with the greatest change in the last 4 years being in 2015 when the increase was 13%. 

Between 2015 and 2016 total imported volume increased by 6%, increasing from 84 thousand tons equivalent to $326 million in 2015, to 89 thousand tons equivalent to $328 million, in 2016.

Imports by country 
In 2016, the main importer of textile yarns and textile inputs in Central America continued to be El Salvador, with 44 thousand tons, followed by Guatemala with 15 thousand tons, Costa Rica with 10 thousand tons, Nicaragua with 10 thousand tons, Honduras with 6 thousand tons and Panama, with 5 thousand tons.

Origin of regional imports 
In 2016, 40% of the volume imported by Central America came from the US, 24% from China, 3% from Thailand, 3% from India and 3% from the Panama Free Trade Zone.

In the case of imported value, 43% came from the US, 16% from China, 5% from the Panama Free Trade Zone, 3% from Mexico and 2% from Thailand.

Price of regional imports 
In the months between January 2012 and December 2016, the average price per kilo of imports went down, registering its maximum value in December 2012 with $5.50 per kilo, and its minimum in December 2016, with $3.54 per kilo.

CentralAmericaData provides detailed information on the import and export of yarns and textile materials such as synthetic filament yarns, yarn fabrics, synthetic monofilaments and artificial filament yarns, among others.

Information includes market size, market participants by country of origin, type of input, price analysis by importer, by type of input, by country of origin and other details. 

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A report by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com notes that in 2015 Central American countries imported $318 million worth of yarns, filaments and textiles, led by El Salvador with $157 million.

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