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19/06/2017 - 16:53hs

Foreign trade registers a surplus of USD 1.3 billion

Brazil’s exports and imports balance had a surplus last week. Positive results were also registered in June and also year-to-date.

São Paulo – Brazilian exports and imports registered a surplus of USD 1.36 billion last week, according to data made public this Monday (19) by the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC). Foreign sales totaled USD 3.8 billion, with imports reaching USD 2.5 billion.

Daily average revenues from exports last week reached USD 967.3 million. The amount was 5.6% higher than the daily average of the month until the second week. The only sector in which sales declined was semi-finished products, with a drop of 18.8% due to raw sugar, semi-finished gold products, crude soy bean oil, and iron, cast iron and steel semi-finished products.

Basic goods sales shot up 17.3% driven by crude oil, poultry and beef, iron ore, tobacco leaves and soy beans. Finished products also registered an increase in sales of 3.7%, driven up by passenger vehicles, taps, valves and parts, leveling machinery and equipment, wire rod, iron and steel bars and tractors.

Imports had a daily average of USD 626.6 million last week, 4.8% higher than the average of the month until the second week. Contributing to this result were the increasing sales of synthetic fibers and filaments, electronics, fuels and lubricants, organic and inorganic chemicals and cars and auto parts.

In June until the third week, exports totaled USD 10.279 billion, with imports totaling USD 6.693 billion. There was a surplus of USD 3.585 billion. Year-to-date, there was also a surplus of USD 32.6 billion, with exports at USD 98.205 billion and imports at USD 65.596 billion.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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