The volume of real estate transactions reduced to 10% of the level it was before the health emergency in the country. The impact was mainly on sales, while the effect on rentals was severe, but not as significant.
In 2017 Bolivia exported a total of 37 tons, worth US$ 1,073.7 million; in 2018 it sold 40 tons for over US$ 1,170.8 million; in 2019 it shipped 51 tons for US$ 1,743.2 million. Between January and April this year, almost 12 tons were exported for $446 million. The data shows that there are two export items: gold ores and their concentrates; and the other forms of raw gold, which is about 90% exported.
In April, the volume of exports fell by 61% compared to March, while imports fell by 50% compared to the third month of the year. Shipping in April amounted to $238 million, while imports reached $283 million, resulting in a $ 45 million deficit. The most significant drops in exports were in minerals (-36%), agriculture and livestock (-15%) and natural gas (-8%).
Until March 2020, Microcredit has a share of 29.4% ($7.7 bn) of all loans granted by financial institutions ($26.33 bn). This figure is higher than housing loans, which have 26.6% ($7 bn), and business credit ($5.6 bn).
The Federation of Private Business Entities of Cochabamba (FEPC) reported the loss of 1.2 billion bolivianos ($172.4mn) throughout the department due to the 70-day break dictated by the quarantine to contain the coronavirus. Cochabamba will have negative growth of -2.2 % this year.