El Salvador

U.S. farm and food exports to El Salvador were valued at $467 million in fiscal year 2013. U.S. agricultural exports to El Salvador doubled between 2006, when the CAFTA-DR agreement went into effect there, and 2012. However, exports tapered off somewhat in 2013, mainly due to a decline in corn exports.

The United States works with El Salvador both bilaterally and through CAFTA-DR to promote mutually beneficial trade and investment.FAS provides technical assistance to El Salvador in through several programs including the Cochran and Borlaug fellowship programs and Food for Progress.

Data & Analysis

In 2008, El Salvador abolished the Planting Seed Law that required imported seeds to have a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the seeds did not contain GMOs.
El Salvador's coffee production has declined significantly due to the severe coffee rust outbreak that has affected the Central America.
El Salvador has no legal restriction on the use of agricultural biotechnology. However the country's biotech regulatory framework is still being developed.
High international prices continue to provide relief to El Salvador's sugar sector.