Brazil April fertilizer deliveries rise 14% year on year

14 May 2013 23:53  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Brazil’s fertilizer deliveries to end-consumers totalled 1.78m tonnes in April, an increase of 14% from 1.56m tonnes in the same month last year, the National Fertilizer Distribution Association (Anda) said on Tuesday.

Accumulated deliveries in the first four months of the year reached 7.19m tonnes, up by 4.8% compared with 6.86m tonnes in the same period last year, Anda said.

Brazil’s domestic production of fertilizer intermediaries in April stood at 729,952 tonnes, down by 7.3% compared with 787,055 tonnes in the prior-year month.

Domestic output in the January through April period slipped 0.1% to just under 2.99m tonnes, the association said.

Exports of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium fertilizers shot up by 264% in April to 54,850 tonnes from 15,073 tonnes a year earlier. Exports also soared in the first four months by 98% to 187,623 tonnes from 94,985 tonnes.

Imports of intermediary fertilizers totalled 1.90m tonnes, up by about 54% from 1.23m tonnes a year earlier, while imports in the January through April period were up by about 29% to 5.50m tonnes from 4.27m tonnes, Anda said.

By: Simon West

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