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Trade in El Salvador

El Salvador was the world’s 99th largest exporter of goods and 80th largest exporter of commercial services in 2021. Export values were $6.4 and $3.0 billion USD respectively. El Salvador’s top export category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products, and fuels and mining products. In 2020, El Salvador’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to the United States, Guatemala and Honduras, with trade representing 69.45 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, El Salvador is the world’s 80th largest importer of goods and 89th largest importer of commercial services. Import values were $14.6 and $2.1 billion USD respectively in 2021. El Salvador’s top import category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products and fuels and mining products. Leading import partners were the United States, China and Guatemala. El Salvador is part of 12 different Regional Trade Agreements, including Central American Common Market (CACM).
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Republic of El Salvador

Abbreviation

SV

Capital

San Salvador

WTO Membership Date

7 May 1995

Legal System

civil law system with minor common law influence; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court

Language

Spanish

Number of Time Zone(s)

1

Additional Information

Financial Information

This section includes financial information such as the currency, exchange rate lookup and local banks issuing trade finance.

Currency

United States dollar

Exchange Rate

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Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Business Support Organizations

  • Agencia de Promoción de Exportaciones e Inversiones de El Salvador

    Trade promotion organization (TPO)

    [email protected]
  • Centro Regional de Promoción de la MIPYME

    SME development agency

    [email protected]

    https:// https://cenpromype.org

  • Stratega Consulting

    Regional organization (i.e. Regional secretariat )

    [email protected]

Government MSME Agency

  • Development Bank of El Salvador (BANDESAL)

  • Ministry of Economy: National Commission for Micro and Small Enterprises (CONAMYPE)

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Copyright Offices

  • National Center of Registries (CNR)

Industrial Property Offices

  • National Center of Registries (CNR)

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Ministerio de Economía
    Dirección de Administración de Tratados Comerciales
    Phone: +(503) 2247-5788/2247-5800
    Website: http://www.minec.gob.sv

    Edificio C-2, Tercera planta Centro de Gobierno, Plan Maestro
    Calle Guadalupe y Alameda Juan Pablo II

    [email protected][email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Ministerio de Economía (MINEC)
    Dirección de Administración de Tratados Comerciales DATCO
    Contact: Margarita Ortez Quintanar
    Phone: + (503) 231 57 88
    Website: http://www.minec.gob.sv

    Edificio C-2, Tercera planta Centro de Gobierno, Plan Maestro
    Calle Guadalupe y Alameda Juan Pablo II
    San Salvador

    [email protected]

Additional Information

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Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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