Exports reached 22.82 billion USD and rose 8.7 percent over the previous month. Compared with the same month last year, shipments increased 4.9 percent.
Imports amounted to 23 billion USD, the highest value on record. The result represents an annual increase of 14.6 percent and a surge of 22.3 percent over the previous month.
In October of 2012, the country posted a trade surplus of 1.6 billion USD and last month the surplus reached 2.15 billion USD.