China leads in imports of farm products from Brazil

18 August 2015

China was the leading country in the import of farm products from Brazil in July, increasing its share of exports from the sector from 25.5 percent to 32.1 percent, said the Ministry of Agriculture.

Figures from the Brazilian Foreign Agro-business Trade Statistics System (AgroStat), cited by the daily newspaper Estado de São Paulo, showed that in the month under review China bought products worth US$2.92 billion, which was an annual increase of 19.2 percent.

Soy complex – beans, meal and oil – was the main export sector, accounting for US$2.47 billion, followed by forest products with US$185.26 million and meats with US$127.39 million.

With regard to meat, chicken accounted for 69.51 million, beef for US$57.27 million and pork for US$610,000.

In cumulative terms – from January to July – China also ranked first, with US$14.67 billion.

After China the next four places are occupied by the United States with US$3.72 billion, the Netherlands (US$2.94 billion), Germany (US$1.63 billion) and Russia (US$1.37 billion). (macauhub/BR/CN)