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16/12/2017 - 07:00hs

Brazil’s fertilizer imports from Arab countries up 38%

The country purchased 5.9 million tons of product from the region from January to November this year, an amount equivalent to 24% of its imports from the world over.

São Paulo – Brazil imported 5.9 million tons of fertilizer from Arab countries through November this year, up 38% year-on-year according to numbers supplied by the Brazilian Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services and compiled by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

Brazil imported a total of 24.2 million tons from the world, up 8.2%, according to national industry association Associação Nacional para Difusão de Adubos (Anda). This means Arab countries supplied 24.4% of all fertilizer imported to Brazil so far this year.

Brazil’s biggest Arab suppliers are Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Other suppliers include the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Oman, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait and, to a lesser extent, Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan.

Brazil imports most of the fertilizer it uses. Domestic output was 7.57 million tons through November, down 8.2% from the year-ago period.

November alone saw Brazil import 626,830 tons of fertilizer from Arab countries, up 20.7% from November 2016. Overall, 2.355 million tons were imported, virtually the same amount as in the same month of last year.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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