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Together, BRICS represents 26% of the planet's land mass, and is home to 46% of the world's population.

Regarding economic growth, BRICs are ahead of the projections made in 2001 (South Africa not included): 18% of the world's GDP, above Goldman Sachs's forecast of 14,2%.

According to statistics of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the participation of BRICS in global exports more than doubled between 2001 and 2011, from 8% to 16%. In those eleven years, their total exports have grown more than 500%, while total global exports grew 195% in the same period. Between 2002 and 2012, intra-BRICS trade increased 922%, from US$ 27 to 276 billion, while between 2010-2012, BRICS´ international trade rose 29%, from US$ 4.7 to 6.1 trillion dollars.

Information on foreign trade.