2017 was an important year for Brazil in foreign trade. In total, the country amassed a trade surplus (i.e. the difference between all exports and imports) of US$ 66.9 billion, an all-time record.
This was possible not only due to the resumption of the economy as a whole but also because of the regained momentum of one of the world's top economies: China. With strong growth, Chinese demand for Brazilian products, especially soybeans and iron ore, soared.
Several Brazilian states benefited from the increased trade. As the country began to grow again after a stark recession, the hike in exports played a crucial role in consolidating the recovery. In 2017, 13 of Brazil's 26 states had China as their main foreign trade partner - from Alagoas in the upper Northeast to Rio Grande do Sul down south, the whole country felt the effects of increased business with the country.