Exports from Pernambuco fell by 30.3% in 2019 compared to 2018. Last year, the Brazilian state sold $1.3 billion, compared with $2 billion in 2018. The drop was steep compared to the 6,4% in national exports. The main reason would be the dependence of the local market on Argentina, the main international customer for Pernambuco products. In 2018, Argentina accounted for 33% of Pernambuco exports, followed by the USA (16%) and the Netherlands (10%).
Brazilian sugar mills are considering increasing their raw sweetener output at the expense of ethanol for automobile fuels after sugar futures surged to a two-year high this week, according to analysts. Raw sugar futures for March delivery in New York have climbed 9.1% since Jan. 2. Brazilian mills will post an all-time low production mix for sugar this season with only 34% of the cane used to produce the sweetener with the rest going to ethanol as demand and prices for the biofuel have increased.
Brazilian government has welcomed the United States’ change of stance to support Brazil’s bid to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ahead of Argentina. The decision shows the construction of a “solid partnership” in the Brazil-United States relationship,” capable of generating short, medium and long term” results, Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo published in a social network.