Brazil Balance of Trade  1959-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Brazil recorded a USD 7,145 million trade surplus in March of 2017, 61.1 percent higher than a USD 4,435 million surplus a year earlier and beating market expectations of USD 6,800 million. It is the largest trade surplus on record as exports jumped 25.6 percent year-on-year and imports rose at a slower 11.9 percent. Balance of Trade in Brazil averaged 736.89 USD Million from 1959 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 7145 USD Million in March of 2017 and a record low of -4066.52 USD Million in January of 2014.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-01 06:00 PM Jan $2.72B $4.42B $2.1B $3B
2017-03-02 06:00 PM Feb $4.56B $2.72B $3.27B $2.5B
2017-04-03 06:00 PM Mar $7.145B $4.56B $6.8B $4.8B
2017-05-02 06:00 PM Apr $7.145B
2017-06-01 06:00 PM May
2017-06-30 06:00 PM Jun




Brazil Trade Surplus Reaches Record High In March


Brazil recorded a USD 7,145 million trade surplus in March of 2017, 61.1 percent higher than a USD 4,435 million surplus a year earlier and beating market expectations of USD 6,800 million. It is the largest trade surplus on record as exports jumped 25.6 percent year-on-year and imports rose at a slower 11.9 percent.

Exports reached USD 20,085 million, boosted by sales of basic products (29.7 percent), mainly iron ore (186.7 percent), crude oil (145.9 percent), pork (33.4 percent) and chicken meat (7 percent). Shipments also increased for manufactured (12.3 percent) and semimanufactured products (7.4 percent), namely hydrocarbons (170.9 percent), fuel oils (161.7 percent), synthetic rubber (111.9 percent), semimanufactured iron and steel (109.3 percent), flexible tubes of iron and steel (94.6 percent) and cargo vehicles (67.1 percent).

Imports went up to USD 12,940 million, mainly due to purchases of fuels and lubricants (14.4 percent), intermediate goods (10.6 percent) and consumer goods (1 percent), while purchases of capital goods fell 10.5 percent. 

Considering the first quarter of 2017, exports increased 20.4 percent on a calendar adjusted basis to USD 50.5 billion and imports rose at a slower 8.4 percent to USD 36 billion, resulting in a USD 14.4 billion trade surplus. Sales to China jumped 57.7 percent and accounted for nearly 25 percent of total exports. 

Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/4/2017 11:44:26 AM



Brazil Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 7145.00 4559.56 7145.00 -4066.52 USD Million [+]
Exports 20085.00 15471.95 26158.51 75.06 USD Million [+]
Imports 12940.00 10912.39 23061.08 67.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account -934.74 -5085.00 3007.00 -13165.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -1.30 -3.32 1.80 -8.20 percent [+]
External Debt 682160.91 682160.91 714292.15 64259.50 USD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 115.55 117.29 132.67 64.72 Index Points [+]
Capital Flows -498.00 -4619.40 15837.80 -16639.20 USD Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 5306.30 11528.00 20427.00 -24.10 USD Million [+]
Remittances 193.40 206.20 386.00 70.80 USD Million [+]
Gold Reserves 67.29 67.20 119.01 31.99 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 2264.00 2335.00 2547.00 330.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 1.74 2.21 2.69 0.00 [+]
Tourist Arrivals 5813.00 5677.00 5813.00 1991.00 Thousand [+]
Weapons Sales 41.00 44.00 269.00 1.00 USD Million [+]

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Brazil Balance of Trade Notes

From 2001 to 2012, Brazil ran regular trade surpluses, primarily due to high export of mining and agricultural products, swinging to deficit between 2013-14. In 2015, the country posted a $19.7 billion surplus hitting its highest value since 2011, as the weaker real boosted exports and the lower domestic demand affected imports. In 2015, the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with the Netherlands, China, Argentina, Venezuela and United Arab Emirates; and the biggest trade deficits with Germany, Nigeria, the United States, South Korea and France. This page provides the latest reported value for - Brazil Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Brazil Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
7145.00 4559.56 7145.00 -4066.52 1959 - 2017 USD Million Monthly



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