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El Salvador Business Report

General information
Source: The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency
6,187,271 (July 2018 est.)
$51.17 billion (2017 est.)

Fourth largest economy in Central America, though remittances make 18% of GDP

GDP growth rate
2.3% (2017 est.)

Low within developing countries

GDP (PPP) per capita
$8,000 (2017 est.)

In line with other Central American countries but considerably lower than Costa Rica and Mexico

Local currency
US dollar (USD)

The US dollar is used as the local currency since 2001

Financial stability (Public debt)
67.9% of GDP (2017 est.)

Medium to high, it has been growing for the past seven years

1% (2017 est.)


Spanish (official)

Low English proficiency (60/100)

Corruption perception index (Source: Transparency International)

High level of corruption

Duties and tax
Source: PwC World Tax Summaries 2017-2018
The taxable amount is the price or remuneration agreed upon by the parties. For imports, the taxable amount is the customs value.
Corporate Tax
In addition to the standard CIT, domestic and foreign companies with net income greater than 500,000 USD are subject to a special contribution of 5% on their net income.
All duties for import are ad valorem and are applied at the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value of the goods. The duty is common for all the countries in Central America (Arancel Centroamericano de ImportaciĆ³n).

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