Electronics exports climbed 1.3%
Brazilian companies of the sector increased their foreign sales in August, especially of computer products, telecommunications and industrial automation. Year-to-date, sales are still on the decline.
São Paulo – Brazil’s exports of electronics rose 1.3% in August of this year over the same month of 2015, according to information released this Thursday (22) by the Brazilian Electrical and Electronics Industry Association (Abinee). Last month, international sales by the sector totaled USD 482.7 million.
In this period, exports increased especially with computer products, in 33.4%, telecommunications in 28.3%, and industrial automation in 11.2%. Within telecommunications, top-selling products by Brazil were base stations, used for communications between mobile phones and telecommunication companies, and radio communications devices.
In computing, Brazilian companies increased sales especially with printers and data processing equipment. In industrial automation, the highlight was measurement devices. Other areas that improved slightly were components, industrial equipment and home appliances.
However, exports declined with electrical supplies, in 25.3%, and with power generation, transmission and distribution equipment, in 27.3%. In the latter category, sales declined the most with power generators.
Despite the increase in August, in the first eight months of the year Brazilian exports of electronics declined 2.2%. Until last month, the sector registered revenues of USD 3.76 billion with external sales.
The sector’s trade balance results are negative. With electronics, Brazil imports substantially more that it exports. From January to August, imports totaled USD 16.6 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of USD 12.83 billion for the sector.
Translated by Sérgio Kakitani