The appreciation of commodities (primary goods with international quotation) that occurred last year made Brazil close 2022 with the best result in history for the trade balance. In 2022, the country exported US$ 62.31 billion more than it imported, the biggest surplus since the beginning of the historical series, in 1989.
The value represents growth of 1.5% in relation to the previous record of US$ 61.407 billion registered in 2021. The numbers were released this Monday by the Foreign Trade Secretariat of the Ministry of Development, Industry, Commerce and Services, which resulted from the dismemberment of the former Ministry of Economy.
Both exports and imports also broke the historical series record. Last year, Brazil sold US$ 335.01 billion abroad, up 19.3% compared to 2021 based on the daily average. Purchases from abroad totaled US$ 272.697 billion, an increase of 24.3%, also according to the daily average.
In December alone, the trade balance registered a surplus of US$ 4.779 billion, the sixth best result in history for the month, but with an increase of 24.5% in relation to the balance of the same month of 2021. Exports totaled US$ 26.645 billion , and imports totaled US$ 21.866 billion last month, with record values for December.