Vegetables: Sales Exceed $300 million

During 2020, Central American vegetable exports totaled $318 million, 34% more than what was reported in 2019, a rise that is largely explained by the performance of sales to U.S. 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 2020, the leading exporter in Central America was Guatemala with $181 million, followed by Honduras with $82 million, Costa Rica with $35 million, Nicaragua with $14 million, El Salvador with $4 million and Panama with $2 million.

For the period in question, foreign sales of Guatemalan companies increased by 65% year-on-year, those of Honduras by 9%, Costa Rica by 7% and Nicaragua by 7%.

In the case of Salvadoran and Panamanian companies, their exports fell by 1% and 22%, respectively.

Regional Exports up 34%
Between 2019 and 2020, the value of exports registered a positive variation, rising from $237 million to $318 million.

For the years in question, the exported volume of vegetables recorded an increase of 16%, rising from 240,000 tons to 277,000 tons.

Export Prices Up
Between June 2018 and December 2020, the average price per kilo of regional exports of fresh and refrigerated vegetables recorded a 77% rise, going from $0.73 to $1.29 per kilo.

U.S. Main Market for Central American Exports
In 2020, the United States was the main buyer of vegetables from companies in the region, accounting for 77% of the total value exported from Central America, followed by the United Kingdom with 8%, the Netherlands with 4%, Canada with 2%, France with 2% and Spain with 1%.

In recent years, the United Kingdom is the export destination market that has increased its share the most, since in 2012 it accounted for 4% and in 2020 the proportion rose to 8%.

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