Trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries totalled US$98.5 billion from January to September of this year, which was a year-on-year increase of 0.39 percent, according to official figures from the Chinese Customs Service published in Macau.
The figures showed that in the first three quarters of 2013 China bought goods worth US$66.6 billion from the eight Portuguese-speaking nations, or 1.64 percent less than in the same period of last year.
China exported goods to those countries worth US$31.9 billion, which was a rise of 4.93 percent against the first nine months of 2012.
Brazil remained as China’s main trading partner, with trade of US$67.3 billion, or 3.08 percent more than in the same period of last year.
Brazilian exports totalled US$40.92 billion, or 1.16 percent more year on year, whilst Brazil’s imports from China reached US$26.37 billion, or 6.19 percent more than between January and September of 2012.
With Angola, the second-biggest trading partner amongst the Portuguese-speaking countries, trade increased by 5.73 percent in the first nine months of the year to US$27 billion, or 5.73 percent less and Angola imported goods totalling US$2.78 billion, or 5.69 percent less than in the same period of 2012.
With Portugal two-way trade fell by 5.78 percent to US$2.89 billion and China posted a trade surplus as it sold goods worth US$1.83 billion, or 2.2 percent less than in the first nine months of 2012.
Portugal’s exports to China fell by 11.41 percent in the period to US$1.05 billion.
In September alone, trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries fell by 1.47 percent to US$12.5 billion, with China purchasing goods worth US$8.8 billion (4.69 percent more than in September 2012) and selling products worth US$3.7 billion (5.32 percent less). (macauhub)