Brazilian crude steel production last year fell 9%, to 32.236 million tons, according to data released by the Instituto Aço Brasil (IABR). In December, production was 2.416 million tons, down 10.8% year-to-year relation.The volume of rolled steel produced in the year was 22.198 million tons, a decrease of 6.3% compared to 2018. In the last month of 2019, the decrease was 14.3%, to 1.42 million tons.
The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) authorised the import of melon from Brazil, in what constitutes the first agreement of both countries on this fruit. China consumes approximately half of melon world production, equivalent to 17 million tons in 2017, and the Brazilian harvest coincides with the low season in China. In 2018, Brazil exported around 200 thousand tons of melon to USA, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Russia and the European Union.
The Bovespa rose as much as 0.8% to a record high of 119,342.140, while the real firmed about 0.2% to the dollar on Thursday after data showed a jump in federal tax collections to a five-year high in 2019, boosted by an increase in the corporate tax take. The data underpins optimism over the economy amid sweeping structural reforms and a rebound in economic growth.
Anglo American on Thursday reported a 4% increase in fourth-quarter production, driven by a ramp-up at its Brazilian Minas-Rio mine. “We have delivered our full-year production targets across the business. Increased production at Metallurgical Coal in Australia was offset by the drought at Los Bronces mine in Chile,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Cutifani said in a statement.
Brazil produced 1.018 billion barrels of oil in 2019, 7.78% more than the previous year, marking the first time the South American nation passed the billion-barrel mark for annual production, the national oil regulator Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis (ANP) said. December also had a record of 3.106 million barrels per day, up 0.52% from the previous month and up 15.44% from December 2018.
Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, said in New Delhi that during his trip to Saudi Arabia next July he will begin discussing possible membership to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Brazil aims to become one of the top five exporters of oil in 10 years, Albuquerque said during an official visit to India where Brazilian oil exports fell 23% in 2019.
Brazil’s economy will slowly regain health this year, buoyed by firmer consumer spending and a boost from privatisations, dispelling fears of the kind of social unrest affecting other Latin American nations, a Reuters poll of economists showed. However, the survey’s projection of 2.1% is well short of the government’s 2.4% view.
Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras has lost an appeal over R$9 billion ($2.14 billion) of disputed taxes, but it will “take the appropriate judicial measures in its defence,” the company said. The procedures refer to the collection of taxes on remittances sent abroad for the payment of freight contracts in the years 2011 and 2012.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter he will create an “Amazon Council” led by vice president, General Hamilton Mourao, to protect and ensure the “sustainable development” of the world’s largest rainforest. Under Bolsonaro, the number of fires in the Amazon reached a 10-year high last year, prompting world leaders to denounce his environmental record.
Brazilian state prosecutors on Tuesday charged Fabio Schvartsman, the former chief executive of mining giant Vale SA, and 15 other people with homicide for a dam disaster last year that killed more than 250 people. Vale and TUV SUD were also charged with environmental crimes. Vale shares were down 2.5% in Sao Paulo yesterday trade.