In December of 2013, exports rose 4.3 percent in December from a year earlier to USD 207 billion, down from a 12.7 percent rise in November. Compared with the previous month, sales increased 2.7 percent.
Shipments to the United States increased 3 percent in December yoy, while sales to the European Union rose 3.9 percent and those to Japan surged 5.5 percent.
In the last month of 2013, imports increased 8.3 percent on the year to 182 billion USD, up from a 5.4 percent growth rate in November. Month-over-month, purchases expanded 8.1 percent.
For the full year, exports amounted to USD 2.21 tn, an increase of 7.9 percent, narrowly missing the government target of 8 percent. Imports rose 7.3 percent yoy to USD 1.95 tn.