Brazil welcomes your business. Nearly 21,000 firms exported from Brazil in 2007, according the Ministry of Foreign Trade (MDIC). Over 50% of those exporters-11,889 companies-were micro and small businesses. This is a country that recognizes and supports the role micro, small and medium-sized businesses play in driving development.
Perhaps you're interested in establishing a partnership with one of the country's exporters. You may be considering joint ventures with Brazilian companies, franchise or licensing opportunities, or sales of your products and services in Brazil. Whatever your interests and needs, the resources provided in this section will lead you to information that can support your entry into this thriving market.
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Everything from understanding government regulations and tariffs, to the right labeling and gaining local representation comes into play when doing business in Brazil. Getting the basics down can prepare you for market entry.
The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA), whose members include more than 450,000 trade-related organizations, created this resource, which provides an introduction to the Brazilian market. Use the links on this page to navigate to discover additional information about the country's economy and political structure, business environment, and standards for selling, buying, and operating a business.
This short profile of the Brazilian market was prepared by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Australian government's trade and investment development agency. It reviews Brazil's economic climate and provides information and statistics about trade relations.
Here, Austrade reviews Brazilian business opportunities and etiquette. This page also offers information about such topics as tariffs; import restrictions; product certification, labeling and packaging; methods of quoting and payment; and various documentation and tax issues.
UK Trade & Investment, a division of the government of the United Kingdom, prepared this introductory information for companies interested in doing business in Brazil.
UK Trade & Investment, a division of the government of the United Kingdom, created this downloadable PDF report on doing business in Brazil. The report provides introductory information about the market, advice to companies that want to export to or do business in Brazil, and a guide to etiquette, language and cultural concerns.
The U.S. Department of Commerce prepared this report, and while it includes chapters dedicated to the sale of U.S. products and services in Brazil and leading sectors for U.S. export and investment, it also addresses topics of more universal interest, such as Brazil’s:
- Political and economic environment;
- Trade regulations and standards;
- Investment climate;
- Trade and project financing;
- Business travel and
- Contacts, market research and trade events.
Market-specific information, such as licensing, employment issues, getting credit, and starting a business or franchise, is critical in moving into new countries.
The World Bank's "Doing Business In" project compares business procedures and economic regulations in 181 countries throughout the world. This comprehensive report includes chapters about dealing with licenses, starting or closing a business, employing workers, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and trading across borders in Brazil. Most World Bank materials are published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.
This World Bank chart summarizes the procedures, schedule requirements, and costs associated with setting up a business in Brazil.
This page features a chart that summarizes the procedures, time, and costs to build a warehouse in Brazil. Text beneath the chart provides details about each step in the process.
Business success abroad depends not only on the quality of your products and services, but also on the knowledge and respect you show for the customs and manners of business people in your host country. These guides will help you to ensure that your business conduct in Brazil makes a positive impression.