(Adds table with breakdown of exports, details)
SAO PAULO, April 1 Brazil's soybean exports rose
to 3.54 million tonnes in March from 959,600 tonnes in February
as a record crop flooded the nation's ports, trade ministry data
showed on Monday.
But the February total was down 8.2 percent from the 4.24
million tonnes exported in the same month a year earlier, as a
record corn crop from last season kept taking up port space.
Corn exports fell from February but were up 535 percent from a
year ago as exporters kept shipping the record crop. The two
commodities share the same port infrastructure.
Ethanol exports fell while sugar, coffee and iron ore rose
in March from the previous month.
Brazil posted the smallest trade surplus for
the month of March since 2001, another sign of the problems
local exporters face to compete against rivals abroad as the
Brazilian economy struggles to take off.
COMMODITY EXPORTS MARCH 2013 MARCH 2012 FEBRUARY 2013
COFFEE (60 KG BAG) 2.3 MLN 2 MLN 1.89 MLN
SOYBEANS (TNS) 3.54 MLN 4.24 MLN 959,600
SOYMEAL (TNS) 616,900 1.052 MLN 669,700
SOYOIL (TNS) 123,000 189,500 29,153
CORN (TNS) 1.6 MLN 278,300 2.29 MLN
ORANGE JUICE (TNS) 179,700 172,100 175,700
SUGAR RAW (TNS) 1.51 MLN 625,300 1.21 MLN
SUGAR WHITE (TNS) 433,100 369,000 567,300
PULP (TNS) 797,100 774,400 819,800
ALUMINUM (TNS) 45,700 36,100 25,100
IRON ORE (TNS) 22.57 MLN 27.54 MLN 20.67 MLN
FUEL OILS (TNS) 579,300 664,500 212,700
CRUDE OIL (TNS) 1.84 MLN 2.88 MLN 1.54 MLN
COTTON LINT (TNS) 39,600 64,000 47,400
ETHANOL (LTR) 73.5 MLN 78.6 MLN 208.1 MLN
(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer and Reese Ewing; Editing by
Gerald E. McCormick and David Gregorio)