When adjusted for the working day average, imports rose 10.3 percent year-on-year, boosted by purchases of capital goods (36.2 percent); consumption goods (12.2 percent); intermediate goods (6.3 percent) and fuels and lubricants (6.3 percent). Among the most important import partners purchases advanced from: Central America and the Caribbean (+39.5 percent); the US (+18.8 percent); Argentina (+19 percent) and the UE (+18.3 percent).
Exports declined 3.4 percent compared to April of 2017, mainly due to lower sales of manufactured goods (-4 percent), namely passenger vehicles (-24.6 percent), aircraft (-4.9 percent) and cargo vehicles (-2.7 percent); primary goods (-2.9 percent), namely soybeans (-10.7 percent), iron ore (-21.5 percent) and chicken meat (-9.5 percent); semimanufactured goods (-2.7 percent), namely sugar (-57.4 percent), gold (-7.3 percent) and leather goods (-27.4 percent). Exports went down to China (-7.7 percent) and the US (-8.6 percent) but rose to Argentina (+4.6 percent).
Considering the first four months of the year, imports advanced 14.5 percent to USD 54.21 billion and exports rose 7.7 percent to USD 74.30 billion.