South America Trade Data

South America Trade Data

In South America, efforts to boost private consumption and investment, particularly in the commodity-exporting countries in the region, are anticipated to enhance the expansion of trade volumes, according to the World Bank. However, longer-term forecasts are clouded, in some countries, by political uncertainties and fluctuations in demand for valuable South American commodities from China. 

Growth prospects for countries ruled by moderate governments – such as Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Chile -- are generally expected to continue strong, as those governments make structural reforms aimed at boosting the private sector. Elsewhere, political uncertainties could discourage investment and hinder growth prospects. Disruptions from natural disasters, negative spillovers from international financial market turbulence or a rise in trade protectionism, and further deterioration of domestic fiscal conditions could also set back the region’s growth, according to the World Bank.

The largest container ports in South America include Santos, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Antonio and Valparaiso, Chile; Cartagena and Buenaventura, Colombia; and Callao, Peru.

01 Aug 2017
Brazil’s container trade grew 5.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter.
24 May 2017
Julian Thomas, CEO of Hamburg Sud in the East Coast of South America, said the first-quarter figures are “impressive indeed.”
16 Jan 2017
Brazilian beef producer Minerva Foods is expanding internationally on the back of a US regulatory ruling.
08 Dec 2016
As the Brazilian currency, the real, has weakened, international demand for Brazilian meat has surged, with pork being the biggest beneficiary.
02 Dec 2016
Maersk Line thinks Brazil’s shipping industry is in store for some Christmas cheer.
19 Oct 2016
The big winner of a recent summit between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa is likely to be refrigerated shipments out of Brazil.
29 Sep 2016
The Mercosur trade bloc of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela are all set to increase their food exports to Russia this year.
14 Sep 2016
The number and value of shoes Brazil exports around the globe rose in the first eight months of the year.
Brazilian beef exporters recalibrate expectations
02 Jun 2016
The steep devaluation of the Brazilian currency because of the country's economic weakness has boosted exports.
28 Mar 2016
Brazil meat exporters had a week of both good and bad news as they seek new markets in Latin America to capitalize on the depreciation of the local currency, the real, which has recently buoyed the country’s beef exports.
16 Mar 2016
Exports of Brazilian beef jumped by more than a quarter in February year-over-year, which bodes well for the country’s exporters who have already been forecasting a bumper year ahead because of the weak national currency and the lifting of export bans.
08 Mar 2016
China has just given clearance to 17 more Brazilian slaughterhouses to export pork, beef and chicken to the Asian country, which would increase meat exports to China by roughly a third as overall trade between China and Brazil is stuck in reverse gear.
03 Feb 2016
Although overall export revenues for Brazilian shoes fell 10 percent last year, to $960.4 million, sales during the last month of December ended on a high and rocketed 60 percent from November, to $119.57 million, raising the sector’s expectations for this year, according to Heitor Klein, the chief executive of Abicalçados, the Brazilian Association of Footwear Manufacturers.
15 May 2014
The world’s economic focus during the 1980s and 1990s was trained on the Asian Tigers of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Now Argentina’s top agricultural official says the focus is about to shift south.
31 Mar 2014
It’s not fiesta time for shippers or carriers south of the border — south of the Panama border,
31 Mar 2014
JOC Economist Mario Moreno has lowered his forecasts for the U.S. containerized trade with both coasts of South America.
24 Mar 2014
Fifteen years after China initiated its “Going Global” strategy, its trade with the major nations of South America has increased rapidly, and China has become an increasingly large purchaser of South American raw materials, and supplier of loans and investment capital.
U.S. containerized exports through August 2013. Source: PIERS
13 Nov 2013
U.S. containerized exports jumped 8.2 percent year-over-year in August, to 1,073,240 20-foot-equivalent units, according to preliminary figures from PIERS, a JOC sister company. This was the highest number of exports within a month since March 2012.
U.S. containerized exports through July 2013. Source: PIERS
07 Oct 2013
U.S. containerized exports inched up roughly 1 percent year-over-year in July, to 966,148 20-foot-equivalent units, according to preliminary figures from PIERS, a JOC sister company. July’s slight increase was a rebound from a 4.5 percent drop in June, when exports hit their lowest level since July 2011.
Brazil's imports and exports through July 2013; year-over-year change. Source: Banco Central do Brasil
20 Aug 2013
The value of Brazil’s imports soared 25.2 percent year-over-year in July 2013, according to data from Banco Central do Brasil. This is the seventh consecutive month of increases in import value, and the largest jump during this time.
12 Aug 2013
June was the best month of the year so far for U.S. beef and pork exports, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
U.S. containerized exports through May 2013. Source: PIERS
29 Jul 2013
U.S. containerized exports rose 1.5 percent year-over-year in May, totaling 1,044,837 20-foot-equivalent units, according to preliminary figures from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
U.S. containerized imports through May 2013. Source: PIERS
26 Jul 2013
U.S. containerized imports edged up 0.7 percent year-over-year in May, following year-over-year growth of 2 percent in April, according to advance figures from PIERS, a JOC sister company. U.S. containerized imports totaled 1.54 million 20-foot-equivalent units in May, the highest monthly volume since August 2012.
Containers unloaded at Port of Charleston, S.C.
03 Jul 2013
U.S. containerized imports increased 2 percent year-over-year in April, rebounding from a 7.3 percent year-over-year decline in March, according to advance figures from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
16 May 2013
U.S. manufacturing and agricultural exports to Colombia are on the rise, as the trade agreement between the two nations reaches its one-year mark, according to Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis.
U.S. containerized imports from South America through January 2013. Source: PIERS.
18 Apr 2013
U.S. containerized imports from South America inched down 0.3 percent year-over-year in January to 68,580 20-foot-equivalent containers, according to preliminary data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
10 Apr 2013
The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association has confirmed that exports of fresh fruit form Chile are back to normal, following labor action by dockworkers which interrupted port operations.
09 Apr 2013
Nearly all stevedores from ports in Chile are back at work, following a port strike that halted labor activities and delayed shipments of copper, fruit and wood pulp, ABC News reports.
29 Mar 2013
Stevedores from most ports in Chile are on strike, according to Chilean shipping company CSAV.
U.S. containerized imports of bananas, through the fourth quarter of 2012. Source: PIERS.
21 Mar 2013
Containerized banana imports into the U.S. rose sharply in the fourth quarter of 2012, continuing a trend of year-over-year growth seen throughout the year.
12 Mar 2013
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking proposals on whether the U.S. and Colombia should accelerate the elimination of customs duties set out in their respective tariff schedules...
05 Mar 2013
The U.S. will continue to be the leading corn exporter to the world during the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Grains Council’s Chart of the Week, which shows the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s projections for changes in...
01 Mar 2013
Hapag-Lloyd will increase rates for all cargo in its trade from intra-Latin America and Latin America to North America, effective April 1.
28 Feb 2013
CMA CGM will add South Carolina’s Port of Charleston to its Pacific Express 3 service, providing an additional connection for the region’s shippers to ports across Asia.
25 Feb 2013
Hapag-Lloyd will upgrade the rotation of the Pacific Atlantic Express Service to include Qingdao, China; Xingang, China; and Pusan, South Korea.