Central America is one of the fastest growing regions for U.S. pork exports. In 2010, exports climbed almost 50 percent in value to $93 million, and they are up by another 15 percent so far this year.
Most of the growth to date has been in Honduras and Guatemala, according to Gerardo Rodriguez, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Director of Trade Development. He says that El Salvador and Costa Rica will be further developed as growth markets this year, with Costa Rica being especially attractive because of its relatively high income level.
Panama is also a potentially strong market for U.S. pork, but high tariffs currently make for a difficult economic climate. That could soon change if the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement is ratified by Congress.
Source: US Meat Export Federation