Year-on-year, imports rose by 21.7 percent to USD 20.9 billion, mainly driven by higher purchases of intermediate goods (35.8 percent) and consumption goods (5.5 percent). By contrast, imports of capital goods dropped 17.3 percent.
Exports went up by 12.5 percent to USD 13.6 billion, mainly boosted by higher sales of manufacturing (12.5 percent) and mining and quarrying (48.4 percent). In contrast, sales fell for agriculture, hunting and forestry (-11.2 percent).
Considering the January-May period, the trade deficit widened by 15.7 percent to USD 24.8 billion from USD 21.5 billion in the same period of 2016.