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Brazil oil trade shows surplus for first time in history

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Staff Writer | January 5, 2017
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Oil exploration in LatAm   $410 million surplus in 2016

Oil exports have exceeded imports in Brazil for the first time in history: the trade balance for the commodity showed an unprecedented $410 million surplus in 2016.

This is, according to data by the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services.

In 2015, the scenario was quite different. The so called conta-óleo ("oil account"), i.e. the difference between oil imports and exports, had closed the year with a $5.7 billion deficit after $16.5 billion in exports and $22.2 billion in exports.

The year ended’s surplus contributed positively to the country's overall trade balance, which closed 2016 in the black at $47.7 billion. The trade balance performance is the best since the historical series in 1989, and represents a 142.3% increase compared to 2015.

Per the same data, the surplus was a result of $185.2 billion in exports surpassing $137.5 billion in imports.

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