Brazil and Paraguay signed on Tuesday an agreement to boost autos and auto parts trade between the two countries. Under the agreement, Brazil will grant free trade treatment to Paraguayan automotive products immediately and Paraguay will allow Brazilian products to enter the country with lower taxes, which are of up to 2% and will gradually decrease until free trade conditions are met by 2022.
Brazil posted a trade deficit of $1.745 billion in January, the first shortfall for the month of January in five years and an indication that trade might continue to be a drag on overall economic growth. The setback was fuelled more by a sharp fall in export, which were 20% down to $14.43 billion from the same month last year, rather than imports, which also fell 1.3% to $16.175 billion, Economy Ministry figures show.
President Jair Bolsonaro is set to visit India next week, aiming to boost trade with the Asian nation that has been expanding around 7% a year over the past decade and set to overtake China in terms of population in the next decade. Brazil sees a chance to increase its $7 billion in annual bilateral trade with India to $25 billion in the next few years.