Argentina's registered a trade surplus of US$460 million in February, the INDEC national statistics bureau reported Tuesday.
The surplus was the result of a 22.9 percent decrease in imports and a 3.7 percent increase in exports, compared to February of last year.
INDEC also revealed that Argentina's total external debt increased by 18 percent, or roughly US$43 billion, during the fourth quarter of 2018, bringing it to a total of nearly US$288 billion.
The bureau said that "there were year-over-year increases of 22 percent for general government debt, 29 percent for the Central Bank, 30 percent for other financial companies and 10 percent for non-financial corporations.”
In February, Argentina’s exports totalled approximately US$4.5 billion, while imports totalled US$4 billion, the report said.
The commercial exchange (exports plus imports) fell by 10.9 percent, settling at a value of US$8.468 billion.
Exports were led by the agricultural sector (+ 36.7 percent), industry (+ 30.6 percent) and primary products (+ 24.2 percent).