Brazil

Brazil is the powerhouse of South America and covers half the continent - it is in fact slightly larger than the continental USA. With 190 million people, the world's sixth largest economy has been attracting attention from all the most active exporters in Europe and North America.

Brazil has ridden the economic downturn very well and returned to around 7.5% growth in 2010. Huge investment in education, housing and employment creation has resulted in an expanded middle-class, a much higher percentage of economically active citizens, and an ever growing consumer market.

The previous government of President Lula early recognised the need for massive investment in infrastructure if Brazil is to take its rightful place in the industrialised world. A programme was developed to confront the problem, with £162bn earmarked over the first 4 years from 2007.

However the award, first of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to Brazil and then later of the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, has provoked an increase to over £330bn in the infrastructure investment budget.

The current president, Dilma Roussef, has continued the policies of Lula and, while growth slowed in 2011, the economy is still an example to other developing countries.

While the potential for British business in Brazil has always been good, the opportunities are now staggering. We will shortly be posting more details of Brazil's requirements for the forthcoming sporting events.

Away from FIFA and Olympics, Brazil is always an eager market for British quality and technology. But many exporters have shied away for fear of convoluted tax and duty structures, bureaucratic nightmares and other apparent obstacles.

We have been working with Brazil, through easier and more difficult times, since 1976 and, with the correct guidance, the doors are open to the patient exporter of goods or services. We work with local professionals; it is essential to liaise closely with people who know the intricacies of establishing a presence in Brazil, as well as carrying out a thorough investigation of the market.

Because of our many years of experience, we can add our own network of contacts at every level to the excellent assistance afforded by UKTI's teams, both in the UK and in country.

Don't leave it too late to make your presence felt in this marvellous and rewarding country.

Brazil

Brazil is the powerhouse of South America and covers half the continent - it is in fact slightly larger than the continental USA. With 190 million people, the world's sixth largest economy has been attracting attention from all the most active exporters in Europe and North America. Read more

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