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Trade balance shows surplus of US $ 2 billion in second week of May

In the month, exports totaled US $ 8.294 billion and imports, US $ 5.261 billion, with a positive balance of US $ 3.033 billion

Brasília (May 15) - In the second week of May 2017, the trade balance recorded a surplus of US $ 2.038 billion, a result of exports of US $ 4.714 billion and imports of US $ 2.666 billion.

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In the month, exports totaled US $ 8.294 billion and imports, US $ 5.261 billion, with a positive balance of US $ 3.033 billion. In the year, exports totaled US $ 76.433 billion and imports, US $ 52.030 billion, with a positive balance of US $ 24.403 billion.

The second week's average exports reached US $ 942.8 million, up 5.4% from US $ 894.9 million in the first week, due to an increase in exports of manufactured goods (+ 18.7%), , From US $ 294.6 million to US $ 349.7 million, mainly for passenger cars, airplanes, flat iron and steel, refined sugar, cargo vehicles; (+ 10.2%), from US $ 121.3 million to US $ 133.7 million, on the basis of raw sugar, semi-manufactured gold, raw aluminum, wood chips and raw zinc.

On the other hand, sales of basic products fell (-5.6%), from US $ 462.1 million to US $ 436.4 million, on account of iron ore, copper ore, beef, pork and Chicken, calcined magnesia, live cattle.

On the import side, it was pointed out a drop of 17.2% over the same comparison period (second week average of US $ 535.1 million, over the first week average of US $ 646.4 million), explained , Mainly due to the decrease in expenses with fuels and lubricants, electrical and electronic equipment, mechanical equipment, beverages and alcohol and iron and steel.

In exports, compared to the second week of May 2017 (US $ 921.5 million) compared to May 2016 (US $ 836.6 million), there was a growth of 10.2%, due to the increase in Sales of the three product categories: semimanufactured products (+ 18.2%), US $ 108.5 million to US $ 128.2 million, for pulp, semimanufactured iron and steel, raw sugar, hides and skins, Sawn or chipped wood; (+ 13.3%), from US $ 395.1 million to US $ 447.8 million, mainly for soybeans, iron ore, corn, copper ore, coffee beans; (+ 2.8%) from US $ 316.3 million to US $ 325.2 million for passenger cars, airplanes, refined sugar, fuel oils, flat iron and steel rolled products.

In relation to April 2017, there was a 6.2% decrease, due to the decrease in sales of basic products (-10.5%), from US $ 500.1 million to US $ 447.8 million, and manufactured goods ( -4.8%), from US $ 341.4 million to US $ 325.2 million, while sales of semimanufactured products increased 9.4%, from US $ 117.1 million to US $ 128.2 million millions.

In imports, the daily average up to the second week of May 2017 of US $ 584.6 million was 10.2% higher than the average of May 2016 (US $ 530.3 million). In this comparison, expenses increased, mainly with beverages and alcohol (+ 230.7%), fuels and lubricants (+ 41.2%), steelmakers (+ 29.0%), electrical and electronic equipment (+ 26.8%), And motor vehicles and parts (+ 13.6%). In April 2017, imports fell by 1.8%, due to decreases in filaments and synthetic fibers (-15.0%), fuels and lubricants (-14.6%), electrical and electronic equipment (-9.1%), , Plastics and works (-7.7%) and mechanical equipment (-2.3%).

Source: http://www.mdic.gov.br