Soybean and maize exports double in six years
Brazil's major agricultural commodity exports have grown again, guaranteeing an outlet for continued growth in production. The volume of maize and soy (grain and meal) shipped reached 98.07 million tons, according to the 2015 results released on Monday by the Foreign Trade Office (Secex).
In 2016, the volume shipped will exceed 100 million tons - six years after having broken 50 million tons. Exports have doubled in volume in six years.
2015 set a new record in soy exports - as had been forecast from the first half. The volume shipped was 19% up on the year before, at 54.3 million tons.
With a weak Brazilian real and more competitive Brazilian raw materials, soybean exports increased in the last two months of the year, in the commercial off-season. In November, Brazil exported eight times more soy than in the same month in 2014. In December, the volume was five times more than in the same month in 2014.
The surprise was in maize, which ended the year with 28.9 million tons exported, a record volume.
Information provided by Avicultura Industrial