17 April 2013 19:14 [Source: ICIS news]
CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Brazil chemical trade deficit in the first quarter (1Q) of 2013 reached $6.7bn (€5.1bn), 18% up year on year, the nation's chemical industry association, Abiquim, said on Wednesday .
From January to March 2013, Brazil imported $10.2bn and exported $3.5bn in chemical products, it said in a statement.
According to Abiquim, imports in the first quarter of 2013 rose 8.6%, year on year, while exports decreased 5.4% in the same period.
Within the last 12 months, from April 2012 to March 2013, Brazil's chemical deficit reached $29.1bn, the widest trade gap that the nation's chemical industry has ever had, it said.
Intermediate for fertilizers remained as the item Brazil imported most, reaching $1.7bn in the first quarter of the year, said Abiquim.
Thermoplastic resins was the item Brazil exported most, registering $465.2m in sales in the same period, it said.
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