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01/02/2018 - 19:35hs

January exports were a record for the month

Brazilian shipments totaled USD 16.968 billion in the year’s first month, the best result for the period in the historical series. It generated a surplus of USD 2.768 billion, the best since 2006.

São Paulo – Brazil exported USD 16.968 billion in January, a record amount for the first month of the year since the beginning of the historical series in 1989. By the daily average (USD 771.3 million), the result surpassed in 13.8% the foreign sales of the same month of last year, according to the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC).

The ministry reported foreign trade’s data this Thursday (1). The surplus reached USD 2.768 billion, the best result for January since 2006. Last month, Brazil imported USD 14.199 billion, up 16.4% over January 2017, by the daily average (USD 645.4 million).

Foreign sales increased in all categories: finished products (23.6%), basic goods (11.2%) and semi-finished products (1.1%).

According to the ministry, within finished products, exports increased mainly with aircraft, fuel oils, refined sugar, earthmoving machinery, pneumatics, polymers, flat-rolled products, aluminum oxides and hydroxides, steel and iron flexible pipes, auto parts and passenger vehicles.

In the basic goods group, the highlights were sales of raw cotton, tobacco leaves, grain maize, soy beans, beef and crude oil. Meanwhile, within the semi-finished products, the products that drove sales up were copper cathodes, sawn wood, cast iron, iron and steel semi-finished products, ferro-alloys and wood pulp.

Regarding imports, there was an increase in the purchases of fuels and lubricants (96.3%), consumer goods (19.2%), capital goods (11.4%) and intermediate goods (5.8%).

For the Middle East, exports climbed 5.7% last month, totaling USD 911 million. MDIC highlighted shipments of grain maize, soy beans, semi-finished gold, cattle, cast iron pipes, wood pulp and earthmoving machinery.

On the other hand, Brazilian purchases from the region increased 35%, totaling USD 451 million, mainly due to crude oil, natural gas, aviation fuel, polymers, potassium chloride, organic and inorganic fertilizers, Sulphur, aluminum waste and scrap, heterocyclic compounds, plastic plates, copper waste and unwrought lead.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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