In April 2018, the export requests including free trade zones totaled USD 785 million, which entailed a slight retraction of 0.2% percent compared to the same month of 2017. The increase in exports of several products such as livestock, dairy products, rice, wood and beef was able to make up for the meager performance of soybean exports.
In the first four months of 2018, sales abroad reached USD 2,930 million, a figure 12% higher than that of the same period of 2017.
The Uruguayan economy grew 2.7% in 2017, thus reaching the longest economic growth period in its history. In 2017, exports of goods and services –which grew 7.6% year-over-year- helped to explain this result. In particular, the evolution of service exports which grew 15% compared to 2016 is worth highlighting.