Year-on-year, exports rose 3.4 percent to USD 33818 million in September of 2017. Non oil sales, which account for around 95 percent of total exports, increased 3.6 percent and exports of oil went up 1.1 percent. Within non-oil exports, sales rose for manufacturing (3.5 percent), namely steel products (19 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (13.1 percent) and auto products (7.7 percent), electrical and electronic equipment (5.6 percent) and professional and scientific equipment (2.2 percent).
Sales of auto products to the US advanced 1.6 percent and to the rest of the world 50.8 percent. Considering the first nine months of the year, auto exports to the US accounted for around 27 percent.
Imports increased 4.3 percent year-on-year to USD 35704 million, due to higher purchases of consumption goods (7 percent), namely oil (11.5 percent); intermediate goods (4.9 percent), while capital goods fell 3.1 percent.