Motorcycles: Market Figures in Central America
Monday, June 4, 2018
Last year the region imported $422 million worth of motorcycles, and 80% of purchases were made from companies in China and India.
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Variation of regional imports 
Between 2016 and 2017 the value imported into the region increased slightly by 0.37%, rising from $420 million to $422 million. 

During the period in question, purchases made from companies in China and India fell by 1% and 7%, respectively. However, purchases from the US grew by 9%, going up from $13.7 million in 2016 to $15 million in 2017.

Imports by country  
In 2017, the main importer in the region was Guatemala, with $182 million, followed by Honduras, with $80 million, Costa Rica, with $62 million, Nicaragua with $52 million, El Salvador with $37 million and Panama with $9 million. 

Origin of imports 
Last year, 55% of the value imported from Central America came from China, 26% from India, 4% from the US, 2% from Japan and 1% from Brazil.

In the last six years, China was the origin market for the imports that grew the most, given that in 2012 it represented 52% of all Central American purchases and in 2017 that proportion reached 55%. 

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