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European Union: a surplus in the import-export trade with Brazil

brasil-ue-import-export-pe-labellersIn 2011-2012, the import-export trade of goods and services in Brazil reported positive figures.

In the first nine months of 2012, there was a change in trend compared to previous years, with an increase in European exports for about 3.7bil while, in the same period, imports dropped by 1.4bil. The European deficit, which amounted to 3.7bil in the first nine months of 2011, turned into a 1bil surplus in the same period last year, with Brazil as the eighth-largest trade partner of the EU.

Out of the 27 EU member countries, Germany was the largest exporter of goods to Brazil, followed by France, Italy, the UK and Holland. As for imports, Holland is the largest European partner, followed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. In the first nine months of 2012, more than 85% of European exports to Brazil consisted of manufactured goods. As for imports, raw materials amounted to just over a one-third of the overall amount, while food and beverages represented about 30%.

Imports of industrial labelling machines instead reported an increase. P.E. LABELLERS‘ Brazilian subsidiary P.E. LATINA consolidated its presence in the country: in 2012, sales of Italian labelling machines in Brazil doubled compared to 2011, with a substantial increase in the food sector (40%). These were all labelling machines for medium-high production speeds.