Export of Laboratory Services Grows

In 2011, Guatemala exported laboratories services worth more than $19 million, anticipating that the figure will be close to $25 million at the end of 2012.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Zsolt Gerendas, coordinator of the laboratories commission at the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), indicates that the main analysis work performed by Guatemalan laboratories is on samples of products like food and textiles, for export to the United States.

"In Central America, Guatemala and Nicaragua are the only countries that have laboratories capable of performing industrial testing, the most common type of analysis required by companies in the region and the the Dominican Republic," reported Prensalibre.com.

Rodolfo Giron, CEO of Ecoquimsa laboratories, estimates that "there is the possibility of exporting to El Salvador analysis and monitoring of air, water and chimneys". Among the most requested services for the environment is monitoring of gases and particles. The services are mainly exported to Nicaragua and Honduras.



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Ten Guatemala companies have joined forces and launched "’G’ Labs Group", the first consortium of laboratories in Latin America with the goal of increasing annual sales by $10 million.

Exports Up in Guatemala and Nicaragua in 2011

January 2011

Nicaragua sold 31.72% more abroad while Guatemala saw 12.8% more exports in 2010 when compared to 2009.

The figures were reported by Nicaragua’s Center for Exports (CEI) and Guatemala’s Exporters Association (Agexport).

According to Agexport estimates, Guatemalan exporters are expected to sell 15.4% more in 2011.

Guatemalan Exports Grow by 22%

July 2011

The exporters' association estimates that this year foreign sales will exceed $10 billion.

The rise in international demand and improved prices has led the Guatemalan association of exporters (Agexport) to revise upward its forecast for exports this year.

In early 2011, industry representatives predicted an increase of just 8%, well below the current estimated range of 18% to 22%.

Seafood Exports Up 13% in Guatemala

March 2011

$109 million worth of seafood goods where sold abroad in 2010, 13% more than 2009, when $96 million were exported.

In terms of volume, Guatemalan seafood companies shipped 50.9 million pounds in 2009 and 48 million pounds in 2010, reported the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport).

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