Brazil is the most developed country in South America and is the 26th largest importer in the world. In terms of land area, it is considered to be the fifth largest country in the world. According to the trade statistics of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade(SECEX), the import and export volume of Brazilian goods for the whole year of 2017 was 368.49 billion US dollars, an increase of 14.2% over the same period of the previous year (the same below). Among which, exports volume was 217.74 billion US dollars, up 17.6%; imports were 150.75 billion US dollars, up 9.6%. The trade surplus was 66.99 billion US dollars, an increase of 40.5%.