Central America: Vegetable exports up 15%

During the first nine months of 2018, Central American vegetable exports totaled $132 million, 15% more than in the same period in 2017, an increase explained by the behavior of company sales in Guatemala and Honduras.

Honduras Leading Regional Sales
During the first nine months of 2018, the main exporter in Central America was Honduras, with $49 million, followed by Guatemala, with $46 million, Costa Rica, with $23 million, Nicaragua with $8 million, Panama, with $3 million and El Salvador with $2 million.

Between January and September 2017 and the same period in 2018 the volume exported of vegetables registered a 10% increase, rising from 146,000 tons to 160,000 tons. In the periods concerned the value exported also registered a positive variation, rising from $114 million to $132 million.

Export prices
Between January 2012 and September 2018, the average price per-kilo of exports of fresh and refrigerated vegetables continues to register a cyclical behavior, with maximum prices during December and November of each year, and minimum values during July to September.

US main Central American market
In the first nine months of 2018, the U.S. was the main buyer of vegetables from companies in the region, accounting for 71% of the total value exported from Central America, followed by the United Kingdom with 8%, the Netherlands with 6% and France with 3%.

Source: centralamericadata.com

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