13 May 2010 21:15 [Source: ICIS news]
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In March, imports hit a record $3bn, due in large part to purchase of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines, Abiquim said.
The year-over-year surge is due to imports of chemical products for fertilizers, which hit $401.9m in April, an increase of 42.1% from March this year and fully 154.6% ahead of levels seen in April 2009, Abiquim said.
Chemical exports in April were at $1bn, a decline of 7.4% from March but a 28.6% improvement compared with the year earlier April.
Imports in the January-April period hit $9.6bn, up 39.2% from the same period a year ago, while exports in the four-month range rose by 39% to $4bn compared with last year.
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