Hand Tools for Construction in Uruguay


Uruguay has practically no local production of hardware products except for paint, shovels, spades, folding stairs, and carts.  China is the main supplier of overall hardware products, followed by the United States, Brazil, and Japan.  The Uruguayan market for hardware products includes hand and power tools (HS codes 8205-8206-8207-8407).  In 2015, total Uruguayan imports for this sector were valued at $22 million.  China is the main supplier of hardware products to Uruguay, with 56 percent market share, followed by the United States (10 percent), Brazil (7 percent), and Japan (4 percent).  Other countries together account for 23 percent market share.

The hand and power tools market is divided into large, medium and small equipment segments.  Large equipment is used in construction projects; medium tools in electricity and sewerage work; and small tools for residential maintenance and repair work.  Power tools can be electric or pneumatic.  Product categories include: drills, screwdrivers, staplers, nail guns, hammers, impact wrenches, shears, polishers, sanders, circular saws, jigsaws, chainsaws, and grinders.  Hand tools include a wide variety of products like: presses, guillotine shears, hammers, brushes, shovels, spades, rakes, hoes, forks, picks, and cutting tools (manual hedge shears/trimmers).

According to local distributors, innovative U.S. products at competitive prices show significant potential in the Uruguayan hardware market.