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APPAREL

Honduras hosts some of America's most successful apparel manufacturers. They produce brand-name items in fashion wear, lingerie, sports wear and casual wear. The apparel industry has tremendous potential for expansion due to the combination of inexpensive and experienced labor, a solid managerial base, and the non existence of fees and taxes for exporting companies. Today Honduras is the largest textile exporter in the Caribbean Basin.

WIRE HARNESS

Honduras is today the worlds largest supplier of wire harnesses to the US automobile industry.

WOOD PRODUCTS

Two-thirds of Honduras is covered with tropical and pine forests. Honduras is known throughout the world as the only source of genuine "Honduran mahogany" (swietenia macrophylla), from which the finest quality mahogany furniture is made. The country also has large reserves of high quality pine (pinus oocarpus) which is exported to the US as components and finished items. Other hardwoods such as rosewood, teak and tropical walnut are also readily available.
The low cost of Honduran labor, coupled with the local skill base in carving, results in exceptional quality hand-carved and hand-made products. A variety of components and finished products are produced for export, including four poster beds, bedroom and dining room furniture, juvenile furniture, and occasional pieces. Honduran industry combines turning and carving machinery with skilled labor to ensure high output and consistency of hand carved products.

The Honduran wood products and furniture industry have over 100 years of experience. This long history results in a high degree of productivity, technical skills, and managerial capabilities. The local industry has forged links with numerous importers, distributors and manufacturers, and has established a reputation for quality and reliability.

LIGHT INDUSTRY

International companies have achieved long term success in the production of appliances, electrical products, and a variety of light industrial goods. This success has fostered the development of a technically trained labor force interested in forging a partnership with a foreign investor. Today various electric and electronic assemlies are done in Honduras.

FISHERIES

Shrimp, lobster and such sought after fish as grouper and red snapper have long been shipped from Honduras fresh or frozen to the US. Shrimp and tilapia farming has recently been established on Honduras' Pacific coast. Ideal growing conditions have already made it one of Honduras' largest exports. Honduras is now the second largest exporter of farmed shrimp in the Western Hemisphere.

AGRO INDUSTRY

The varied topography in Honduras leads to a variety of climates, suitable for all kinds of fruits and vegetables. The northern coast is hot and humid, the central mountainous region cooler and dryer.
Already a major producer of traditional crops such as bananas, coffee and pineapple, investments are now yielding a rich variety of winter season fruits and vegetables for the US and European markets.
As agricultural output has grown, so has the development of processing capabilities for canning, freezing, pickling, and packaging. Local and international companies process numerous products into juices, purees, concentrates, dehydrated foods, and snack foods.

MINING

Honduras has considerable reserves of silver, gold, lead, zinc, tin, iron, copper, coal, pitchblende and antimony. Only silver, lead, zinc and small amounts of gold are being mined. Lead is found in combination with silver. The government is giving priority to geological surveys of the country, and its mining laws offer a number of incentives for foreign companies to invest in the industry. The country 's most important mine, at El Mochito in Santa Barbara, is operated by the Canadian firm Breakwater Resources.

CONSTRUCTION

Construction was hard hit by the 1990 recession, contracting by 10% in real terms. However it bounced back in 1991 (5.5% real growth) and 1992 (30%) o-n the back of buoyant private commercial construction, factory shell construction in the free zones and EPZ's, and a major road building project between El Progresso, San Pedro Sula and Puerto Cortés, funded by the IDB. In 1993 airport improvements at San Pedro Sula and Roatán and municipal sewerage projects, along with a major government house building program, will keep the construction sector buoyant, and private sector demand for factory space for export production is also on the rise.

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