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Laptops and Tablets: Imports Increase 13%

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Laptops and Tablets: Imports Increase 13%

The countries of the region imported $104 million in laptops and similar devices between January and March 2018, 13% more than in the same period in 2017.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Figures of the information system of the Laptops and Similar Devices Market in Central America, from the Trade Intelligence Area of CentralAmericaData:

Imports by country 
The main importer of laptops and tablets in Central America during the first quarter of the year was Costa Rica with $36 million, followed by Guatemala with $26 million, El Salvador and Panama with $14 million each, Honduras with $8 million and Nicaragua with $7 million.

Variation in regional imports
The value of imports into the region increased 13% between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, from $92 million to $104 million.

For the periods in question, imports from China increased 117%, from $17 million to $37 million.

Origin of imports
During the period from January to March 2018, 52% of the value imported into the region was from the USA, 35% from China, 2% from Portugal, 1% from Vietnam and 1% from Spain.



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Unsolicited feedback, and personal opinion.

With all of these IT imports increasing dramatically, I would like to see a dramatic improvement (speed as well as reliability) of Internet access. Because of our involvement in running a website, we have two ISPs, and even between the two, this past weekend while trying to upload audio and video files (supporting BCP) was a painful experience. Two files alone took 12.5 hours. And we had a total of 22 files to upload. Ouch.

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