Foreign Trade

The State of São Paulo exported US$ 52.3 billion in 2018, accounting for 21.8% of all Brazilian exports. Some 40.1% of this value was generated by 15 products, namely: sugar (from cane and sucrose), aircraft, automobiles, pure alcohol, boneless beef, orange juice and coffee beans. The data were published by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC-2018).

Of the total number of exports, 15.96% went to the Mercosul trade block, 14.02% to the European Union, 30.23% to the Latin American Integration Association (Aladi) and 22.47% was to North America Free Trade Area (NAFTA). For Asia, excluding Middle East, it is destined 20.67% of such products. Finally, among the main buyers, the following countries stand out: the United States (17.36%) and China (12.46%).

The State's importance for the global manufactured goods market is also evidenced by the import statistics: 36.80% of externally manufactured goods are purchased by the State of São Paulo. São Paulo accounts for 17.47% of all basic products imported by Brazil. China is the main external supplier to the state of São Paulo, representing 18.72% of imports, followed by countries like the USA (17.43%) and Germany (9.41%).

Find out more about some of São Paulo's main economic sectors.

Value of exports from São Paulo — main products (2018)
Products US$ FOB
Crude petroleum oils 4,500,854,168
Other sugar cane 3,304,557,869
Other aircraft and other aircraft, of an unladen weight exceeding 15,000 kg 2,341,017,657
Soybean, whether or not broken, other than for sowing 1,622,631,169
Cars with an explosion-proof engine, 1500 <cm3 <= 3000, up to 6 passengers 1,292,295,390
Bovine meat, frozen, frozen 1,056,611,774
Onboard consumption - aircraft fuels and lubricants 978,582,959
Road tractors for semi-trailers 926,440,548
Other sugars of sugar cane, beet, chemically pure sucrose, sun 856,634,143
Other tandem bulldozers and angledozers 791,503,751
Juice (orange juice) 742,240,177
Chemical wood pulp 655,846,522
Other loading and digging and accessories 647,268,459
Other juices of oranges 644,582,903
Fuel oil 572,175,558
Total 20,933,243,047
Source: MDIC  

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