Honduras - Commercial Guide
Safety & Security

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-10-12

Overview

The Central American region has for some years contended with a range of ongoing security issues, including organised crime and narcotics trafficking, but the convergence of these factors is now raising particular issues for the northern triangle. Three key countries – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – are each facing complex political and strategic challenges that will influence regional stability. At the same time, there has been a significant increase in drug trafficking and other transnational criminal activities, including human trafficking and arms smuggling.

Honduras has been moving toward a multidimensional security approach and away from the classical understanding of the security dilemma where the focus is the protection of the state.  Illegal narcotics, the proliferation of guns, and other transnational threats, combined with institutions of public security—police, military, and judicial systems—are hard pressed to meet the challenge. While there is a growing support for common action,  interoprability between national and international agencias and regional defense forces is still inadecuate.

Attention should be given to military vulnerabilities in Honduras. Outdated and limited logistic resources present a challenge and an opportunity for world providers of defense products. The United States has an established reputation in the region for producing solutions with the highest available quality in the market.

A significant investment has been made to professionalize and modernize the national police.  There are several substantial opportunities for U.S. manufacturers of law enforcement solutions. While direct sales are possible it is recommended and desirable to have an established presence in country.

 

2017

2018

2019

2020 estimated

Total Local Production

0

0

0

0

Total Exports

0.9

1

1

0.8

Total Imports

271

206

202

275

Imports from the US

143

110

100

90

Total Market Size

128

205

201

89

Exchange Rates

23.46

23.90

24.00

24.80

Source: Central American Economic Integration Secretariat – SIECA

Leading Sub-Sectors

The leading industry subsectors in Honduras include general military & law enforcement solutions, equipment and services that aid in surveillance and prevention of potential hazards in a business, public or private space. Major areas of consumer demand emerge for fire safety (detection & prevention), video surveillance, access control (authorized access), security (foreign intrusion detection, perimeter protection, and encrypted communications), and biometric recognition (passenger scanning and cargo assessment).

 Opportunities

Personnel and equipment transport vehicles, including aircraft and naval vessels, parts and services as well as ammunitions, body armor, advanced optics and military firearms are in clear demand by the Honduran defense forces. Additionally, encrypted telecommunications, cyber security, electronic surveillance and border control technologies are just a few of the pressing needs the Honduran military is trying to address. The Honduran law enforcement and judicial systems have similar need, whoever aside from the congressional budgets they have access to a supplementary funding stream provided by the Honduran Security Tax Commission.

Private sector opportunities for commercial security products are becoming more of a common necessity. Digital surveillance and metal detection solutions along with biometric access controls, centralized command and control centers are in high demand. 

Biosecurity has taken priority for the Honduran government amidst the Global COVID-19 pandemic and the protection of first responders will continue to be a high priority sub-sector.

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