Last August was the worst month for imports in the last 72 months. Purchases abroad fell by -32.69% over the same month of 2014, according to the Central Bank.
The figures show that the sharpest decline was in fuels (-44.66%), followed by capital goods (-32.02%) and consumption goods (-30.87%).
This downward trend became more pronounced since March, when the government imposed safeguards to more than 2,800 items, which include hundreds of products. In the period from January to August, purchases fell by -17.06% over the same period of 2014.