Exporting Products to EL SALVADOR

Location: El Salvador is bordered on the northwest by Guatemala, on the northeast by Honduras, and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. Its capital and largest city is San Salvador.

Is there a trade agreement between El Salvador and the UK? Yes, as part of the UK-Central America association agreement. The agreement maintains at present the same tariff preferences that are contained in the Central American treaty with the European Union. The other countries included in this trade association are Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Salvadoran national currency: US dollar (USD) and Bitcoin (XBT).

Official language: Spanish.


Shipping from the UK to El Salvador

Transit time via air from the UK to the airport in El Salvador is approximately 3 days. El Salvador's main cargo international airport is Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, located about 50 km from the city of San Salvador.

Transit time via sea from the UK to a port in El Salvador is approximately 28 days. El Salvador’s main sea port is Acajutla.


Export documents required include packing list, commercial invoice, and health / phytosanitary / organic / origin certificate(s) where applicable. Requirements for the importer in El Salvador include having a tax indentification number. Requirements for the exporter in Britain include having an EORI number.


Top-10 products exported from the United Kingdom to El Salvador in 2020

1. Furniture, lighting, signs, prefabricated buildings
    appliances; parts thereof
    ...............................................................................................$8.2 M

2. Electrical, electronic equipment
    ...............................................................................................$6.5 M

3. Plastics and articles thereof
    ...............................................................................................$1.7 M

4. Optical/photo/technical/medical apparatus
    ...............................................................................................$1.5 M

5. Miscellaneous edible preparations
    ...............................................................................................$1.4 M

6. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, etc
    ...............................................................................................$1.3 M

7. Soaps, lubricants, waxes, candles, modelling pastes
    ...............................................................................................$439.3 Th

8. Miscellaneous chemical products
    ...............................................................................................$422.2 Th

9. Pharmaceutical products
    ...............................................................................................$410.9 Th

10. Beverages, spirits and vinegar
    ...............................................................................................$329.6 Th

M = Millions USD
Th = Thousands USD
Source: DIT / UN Comtrade



Find opportunities to export to El Salvador

If you are an exporter based in Britain, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), offers an online data base where you can search for current export opportunities and pitch your products to overseas buyers including Salvadoran importers.

If you are an importer based in El Salvador looking for British products, we invite you to complete the application form at great.gov.uk to access contact details of British exporters via this tool which is administrated by the UK government. When completing the form, please reply 'Britain Latin America Logistics Ltd' to the question 'Where did you hear about great.gov.uk?'


Import taxes/restrictions in El Salvador

logo Aduana El Salvador with link to site

Visit the official Salvadoran customs website at Aduana El Salvador to consult the applicable import taxes and restrictions. If you are based in the UK, you can access the UK official export tool: goods from the United Kingdom to El Salvador.


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