Exports from Brazilian agribusiness yielded US$ 4.072 billion, an increase in 8.7% in comparison to the same month last year. The value is a record for July.
According to information released Monday, August 8, by Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, meats, sugar, alcohol and coffee drove the increase. Imports added up to US$ 408 million, which resulted in a surplus of US$ 3.663 billion, a value that is also historic for the period.
The great highlight for the month, however, was the “meat complex” (bovine, swine and poultry). Shipments of these products yielded US$ 786 million in July, an increase in 43.3% in comparison to the US$ 548 million registered in the same period in 2004.
Sales of swine beef increased by 84.5%, of in natura bovine beef by 57.3% and in natura poultry in 35.8%. In the last 12 months, exports in the sector added up to US$ 7.253 billion.
In the case of sugar, revenues with the shipments went from US$ 272 million, to US$ 388 million, an increase in 42.5%. The performance, according to the ministry, was influenced by the increase in the commodity’s price in the international market (24% for refined sugar and 25.7% for crude sugar) and by the increase in 14% in the volume exported.
In the case of alcohol, external sales yielded US$ 75.5 million, an increase in 24% in relation to the US$ 60.7 million in July last year. Coffee exports in turn, went from US$ 152.7 million, to US$ 208.7 million, or 36.6% more.
According to the ministry, the tobacco exports also had a significant performance, which increased by 30.3%, and cacao and its products, which increased by 38.6%.
In the year’s accumulated value, agribusiness exports already add up to US$ 24.273 billion, a record for the period between January and July.
There was an increase in 9% in comparison to the value registered in the same period of 2004.
In the last 12 months, shipments yielded US$ 41.044 billion, an increase in 8.6% in comparison to the previous period.
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