Plastic Pipes: Imports Up 11%


Plastic Pipes: Imports Up 11%

In 2017, Central American countries imported $366 million worth of plastic pipes and accessories, 11% more than what was reported in 2016.

Figures from the Information System on the Market for Plastic Pipes and Accessories in Central America, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData: 

Imports by country 
In 2017, the main buyer of plasticpipes and accessories in Central America was Costa Rica, with $145 million, followed by Panama, with $75 million, Honduras, with $55 million, Guatemala, with $37 million, Nicaragua, with $33 million and El Salvador, with $22 million. 

Variation of regional imports 
Between 2016 and 2017 the value imported into Central America registered an increase of 11%, going from $331 million in 2016, to $366 million in 2017. During the years in question, the import volume rose from 84,000 tons in 2016 to 92,000 tons in 2017.

Origin of imports 
In 2017, 37% of the value imported from Central America came from the USA, 8% from Mexico, 6% from Australia and 3% from Colombia.

Mexico is the market of origin of imports that has declined the most in the last six years, as in 2012 it represented 12% of total imports in the region and last year the figure dropped to 8%.

Price of imports
Between January 2012 and December 2017, the average price of a kilo of imports of plastic pipe and accessories in countries in the region rose by 41%, growing from $2.99 to $4.21.