Vegetable Export Increases

From January to March 2020, Central American vegetable exports totaled $99 million, 77% more than what was reported for the same period in 2019, a rise that is explained by the increase in the average price and the sales behavior of Guatemalan companies.

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Fresh or Chilled Vegetables Exports in Central America Al March 31st, 2021  

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Guatemala Leads Regional Sales
In the first three months of 2020 the main exporter in Central America was Guatemala, with $58 million, followed by Honduras, with $27 million, Costa Rica, with $9 million, Nicaragua with $3 million, El Salvador with $1.3 million and Panama with $500,000.

For the period in question, foreign sales of Guatemalan companies increased 164%, Honduras 32%, Costa Rica 12% and Nicaragua 10%.

In the cases of Salvadoran companies, they fell by 20% and those of Panamanian companies by 40%.

Exports up 77%
For the periods in question, the value exported also registered a positive variation, rising from $56 million to $99 million.

Between January and March 2019 and the same period in 2020, the volume exported of vegetables registered a 35% increase, going from 64 thousand tons to 87 thousand tons.

Price of Exports
Between June 2018 and March 2020, the average price per kilo of regional fresh and refrigerated vegetable exports rose by 52%, from US$0.73 to US$1.11 per kilo.

US, Main Central American Market
In March 2020, the United States was the main buyer of vegetables from companies in the region, accounting for 72% of the total value exported from Central America, followed by the United Kingdom with 11%, the Netherlands with 7%, Canada with 2% and France with 2%.

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