Central America – February 2018

U.S. companies have a unique opportunity to grow their food and agricultural exports to Central America’s Northern Triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras during a U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission February 26-March 1, 2018.

The mission will be based in Guatemala, but participants will be able to connect with potential customers from Honduras and El Salvador as well through targeted business meetings arranged by local staff from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The itinerary also includes briefings with government and industry leaders and visits to local retail outlets and food processing and handling facilities. 

Why the Northern Triangle of Central America?

Central America’s Northern Triangle – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – is a convenient and growing market for U.S. agricultural exports. The U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) entered into force in all three countries in 2006 and, since then, U.S. farm and food exports have more than doubled. More than 95 percent of U.S. agricultural products enjoy duty-free access under CAFTA-DR.

In 2016, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador imported nearly $5.9 billion of agricultural products –more than 40 percent of which came from the United States, which is the top supplier to all three countries. Throughout the region, rising GDPs and rapidly expanding urban and middle-class populations are expected to lead to continued growth in demand for food and farm products over the coming decade.

For additional information, please email trademissions@fas.usda.gov

Data & Analysis

January 5, 2018
The growth of the food processing industry, the expansion of supermarkets in urban areas and the growing hotel, restaurant, and institutional sectors have led to increased exports....
December 26, 2017
Guatemala has a population of almost 17 million inhabitants and approximately 5 million live in Guatemala City where most of the new hotels and restaurants are opening in the country.
March 6, 2017
The National Plant, Animal Health and Food Safety Service within the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), is the regulatory agency responsible for the inspection of all agricultural....
January 25, 2017
Review of El Salvador’s Food and Agriculture Import Regulations and Standards.