Paper and Cardboard: Business with Chile up 5%
During 2020, paper and cardboard imports of Central American companies amounted to $1,931 million, and purchases from Chilean companies increased 5% compared to what was reported in 2019.
Figures from the Trade Intelligence Unit of CentralAmericaData:

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Changes in Regional Imports
Between 2019 and 2020 the imported volume of paper and cardboard registered a 13% drop, going from 2.09 million tons to 1.81 million tons.

For the periods in question, the imported value recorded a decrease of 18%, falling from $2,091 million to $1,931 million.

In contrast to the behavior in general, purchases from companies in Chile grew 5% for the years under analysis, going from $37 million in 2019 to $39 million in 2020.

Costa Rican and Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
During 2020, the main buyer of paper and cardboard in Central America was Costa Rica with $588 million, followed by Guatemala with $477 million, Honduras with $312 million, El Salvador with $254 million, Panama with $189 million and Nicaragua with $111 million.

Five of the six countries recorded year-on-year declines in their purchases. Imports fell 10% in Costa Rica, 12% in Guatemala, 12% in Panama, 15% in El Salvador and 18% in Honduras.

Nicaragua was the only market to register a positive variation, reporting a 1% increase.

Main Suppliers in the Region
Last year, 33% of the value of imports from Central America came from the U.S., 8% from Mexico, 6% from China, 2% from Brazil, 2% from Colombia, 2% from Chile and 2% from Canada.

The U.S. is the market of origin of imports that has decreased the most in recent years, since in 2012 it represented 40% of total purchases, and in 2020 that proportion fell to 33%.

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