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Diapers in Central America: A $277 million Business

In 2017 the import value of diapers and similar items in countries in the region amounted to $277 million, of which 38% was purchased by companies in Panama and Honduras.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Figures from the information system on the Market for Diapers and Similar Items in Central America, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData : Click to interact with graphClick to interact with graph

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Imports by country 
Last year, the main buyer of diapers and similar items in Central America was Panama, with $61 million, followed by Honduras, with $55 million, Guatemala, with $44 million, El Salvador, with $42 million, Nicaragua, with $40 million and Costa Rica, with $35 million. 

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Variation of regional imports 
Between 2016 and 2017 the value imported into Central America fell slightly, dropping from $285 million to $277 million, which is equivalent to a 3% decrease. 

For the years in question, regional purchases made from Mexico increased by 3%, rising from $120 million to $124 million.

Origin of imports 
In 2017, 45% of the value imported from Central America came from Mexico, 15% from the US, 4% from Peru and 2% from Colombia. 

The USA it is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most in the last six years, as in 2012 it represented 11% of the total value purchased and in 2016 this figure reached 15%.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Diapers_in_Central_America_A_277_million_Business

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Panama: Diaper Purchases up to March 2018

In the first quarter of the year Panama reported $13 million in purchases of diapers and similar items, and imports from Mexico grew by 25% compared to the same period in 2017.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Figures from the information system on the Market for Diapers and Similar Items in Panama, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData

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Variation of imports  
Between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, the import value of diapers in Panama did not vary significantly, remaining at $13.4 million.

However, in the period in question, imports from Mexico grew from $3.4 million in 2017 to $4.2 million in 2018.

Origin of imports 
From January to March 2018, 31% of the import value came from Mexico, 29% from Costa Rica, 12% from the US, 11% from the Panama Free Trade Zone, 6% from Colombia and 5% from China.

Mexico is one of the markets of origin where imports have grown the most in the first quarter of the last seven years. In 2012 it represented 23% of the total import value, and this year the figure rose to 31%.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panama_Diaper_Purchases_up_to_March_2018

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Wonder if the people who do school planning know about increased enrollment in the classroom coming in a few years?

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Diapers: Trade between Central America and Mexico

During the first half of the year, the value of imported diapers and similar products in the region reached $143 million, and purchases from companies in Mexico increased 8% over the same period in 2017.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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

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Imports by country
The main buyer of diapers and similar products in Central America from January to June this year was Panama, with $31 million, followed by Honduras, with $30 million, El Salvador, with $23 million, Guatemala, with $21 million, Nicaragua, with $20 million and Costa Rica, with $19 million.

Variation in regional imports
Between the first half of 2017 and the same period in 2018 the value imported into Central America slightly increased, rising from $141 million to $143 million, equivalent to a 1% increase.

For the reporting years, regional purchases from Mexico increased 8%, from $63 million to $69 million.

Origin of imports
During the first six months of the year, 48% of the value imported from Central America was from Mexico, 16% from the U.S., 3% from Peru and 2% from China.

Mexico is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most for the period in question of the last seven years, since in 2012 represented 44% of the total value purchased and in 2018 reached 48%.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Diapers_Trade_between_Central_America_and_Mexico

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You want to create less pollution, less garbage?  BAN ONE USE DIAPERS.  Cloth is just as easy to use and is environment friendly.  I wonder how many plastic bags it takes to equal one diaper......And, just in case you think I don’t know what I am talking about, my daughter was raised on cloth diapers.....

 

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"Cloth is just as easy to use and is environment friendly." 

 

On the other hand, washing diapers by beating them on the rocks in the rivers means that both urine and feces (and soap and perhaps bleach) are released into the rivers.  And that is what happens when the indigenous mothers would be forced to do so because of their circumstances.

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Brandy, and EXACTLY where does the urine and poop (and the diaper) get to when they are just dumped down the ravine or abandoned at the side of the road?  Single use diapers are one of the most polluting things around due to their volume.

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Solely for financial reasons, I don't see any indigenous mothers using Pampers, not to mention that rivers and streams are often used as toilets by all ages.

My daughter was also raised with cloth diapers, I personally believe that alternatives to anything 'disposable'  should be discouraged. People have been using cloth for this purpose for thousands of years.

A friend who regularly 'plalks' with others on the highway told me that diapers are a major trash item they pick up.

The big paper companies are loving the upswing in volume. Forests, landfills, and roadsides are the biggest losers.

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Diaper Market: Imports Up 3% in 2018

During 2018, the value of diapers and similar items imported into the region totaled $285 million, 3% more than in 2017.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Figures from the Trade Intelligence Unit of CentralAmericaData: [GRAFICA caption="Click to interact with graphic"]

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Honduras, main buyer
Last year, the main buyer of diapers and similar items in Central America was Honduras, with $60 million, followed by Panama, with $59 million, El Salvador, with $47 million, Guatemala, with $44 million, Nicaragua, with $39 million and Costa Rica, with $37 million.

Variation in regional imports
Between 2017 and 2018, the value imported into Central America increased from $277 million to $285 million, equivalent to a 3% increase.

For the periods concerned, regional purchases from Mexico increased 10%, from $124 million to $136 million.

Origin of imports
In 2018, 48% of the value imported from Central America was from Mexico, 15% from the U.S., 2% from Peru and 2% from China.

Mexico is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most in the last seven years, since in 2012 represented 44% of the total value purchased and in 2018 reached 48%.

Note: For this report, prepared and analyzed by CentralAmericaData, Sieca data were used.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Diaper_Market_Imports_Up_3_in_2018

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And yet, everyone is gung ho about banning plastic bags.  Get real folks, USE CLOTH DIAPERS

 

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Diaper Market: Imports Up 7%

During the first quarter of the year, the value of imported diapers and similar items in the region totaled $76 million, 7% more than what was reported in the same period in 2018.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Figures from the Trade Intelligence Unit of CentralAmericaData:

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Imports by Country
From January to March of this year, the main buyer of diapers and similar items in Central America was Honduras, with $19 million, followed by Panama, with $15 million, Guatemala, with $12 million, El Salvador, with $12 million, Nicaragua, with $10 million and Costa Rica, with $8 million.

Variation in Regional Imports
Between the first quarter of 2018 and the same period in 2019, the value imported into Central America increased from $71 million to $76 million.

For the periods concerned, regional purchases from Mexico increased 23%, from $33 million to $40 million.

Origin of Imports
During the first three months of the year, 53% of the value imported from Central America came from Mexico, 10% from the U.S., 2% from Peru and 2% from China.

Mexico is the country of origin of Central American imports that has grown the most for the period concerned in the last eight years, since in 2012 represented 42% of the total value purchased and in 2019 reached 53%.

Note: For this report, prepared by CentralAmericaData, SIECA data were used.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Diaper_Market_Imports_Up_7

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Diapers HAVE to be one of the most polluting items in Panama.  Alternatives are easily available.  Yet, we celebrate banning plastic bags.  Think seriously, folks.

 

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11 hours ago, JohnF13 said:

Diapers HAVE to be one of the most polluting items in Panama.  Alternatives are easily available.  Yet, we celebrate banning plastic bags.  Think seriously, folks.

 

Washing cloth diapers is as old school as a dial phone.  A gift of several dozen I gave to a Ngobe family turned into rags. 

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Posted (edited)
12 hours ago, JohnF13 said:

we celebrate banning plastic bags

Only because it's a start. 

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Solely for financial reasons, I don't see any indigenous mothers using Pampers.

My daughter was also raised with cloth diapers, I personally believe that alternatives to anything 'disposable'  should be discouraged. People have been using cloth for this purpose for thousands of years.

A friend who regularly 'plalks' with others on the highway told me that diapers are a major trash item they pick up.

The big paper companies are loving the upswing in volume. Forests, landfills, and roadsides are the biggest losers.

 

 

Edited by Keith Woolford

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The several dozen cloth diapers I gave to the indigenous family turned into a request for a box of Pampers and handiwipes.     The cloth ones?  Never used.    So what's wrong with washing cloth diapers?......probably a lack of running water and a water storage tank at their house and the distance to the river. 

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