Dáil Éireann - Volume 508 - 29 September, 1999

Written Answers. - Trade Statistics.

208. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the balance of trade with Brazil for the most recent years for which figures are available; and the main product concerned. [18217/99]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Andrews): In recent years Ireland's trade with Brazil has been in surplus. In 1996 the balance of trade in our favour was £22 million, in 1997 it was £42 million and in 1998 it was £80 million. Details of bilateral trade with Brazil are contained in the following tables.

Trade with Brazil

Exports

£000

Imports

£000

Balance

Total

Trade

1990

16,403

41,840

-25,437

58,243

1991

43,775

38,311

+5,464

82,086

1992

20,523

43,051

22,528

63,574

1993

43,379

41,365

+2,014

84,744

1994

51,889

60,600

-8,711

112,489

1995

55,500

57,500

-2,000

113,000

1996

69,311

47,160

+22,151

116,471

1997

91,854

49,435

+42,419

141,289

1998

114,738

34,086

+80,652

148,824

Jan. – Mar. 1998

18,271

9,435

+8,836

27,706

Jan. – Mar. 1999

29,310

14,518

+14,792

43,828

[223] Principal Commodities Traded with Brazil

Exports

Item

1997

1998

Other transport equipment

361,021

31,873,678

Medical and pharmaceutical products

28,807,496

22,838,545

Organic chemicals

26,942,525

13,899,257

Office machines and data processing machines

8,350,866

12,503,272

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances

567,157

6,469,822

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

1,418,330

6,373,604

Photographic apparatus and optical goods

4,864,532

3,668,039

Essential oils and perfumes

1,682,670

2,546,836

Miscellaneous food preparations

2,064,850

2,443,186

Professional, scientific and controlling apparatus

3,926,812

2,121,757

General industrial machinery and equipment

1,487,257

1,486,481

Plastics in primary form

1,351,558

1,363,385

Beverages

1,786,798

1,104,730

Power generating machinery and equipment

291,211

730,799

Machinery specialised for particular industries

835,970

652,948

Dairy products and birds' eggs

1,714,348

560,825

Metalworking machinery

1,002,975

249,930

% of exports represented by these categories

95

97

Principal Commodities Traded with Brazil

Imports

Item

1997

1998

Cork and wood manufactures

10,465,979

8,826,848

Fruit and vegetables

6,582,684

6,894,487

Textile yarn and fabrics

3,800,743

4,651,282

Footwear

2,219,422

2,945,025

Cork and wood

1,728,446

2,085,195

Tobacco and tobacco manufactures

1,383,549

1,934,312

General industrial machinery and equipment

485,760

657,077

Professional, scientific and controlling apparatus

806,004

605,160

Organic chemicals

1,832,873

547,667

Feeding stuff for animals

14,867,149

195,810

% of imports represented by these categories

90

86