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  • Key EDC Market
  • Actively pursuing business
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Country At A Glance

Flag - Brazil
Map - Brazil

Country Facts

Nominal GDP2,242.20 Billion USD
Population201.03 Million
Total Trade/GDP27.64%
CurrencyBrazilian Real (BRL)
Merchandise Imports from Canada2,472.39 Million CAD
Canadian direct investment11,053 Million CAD
Main importsIntermediate, Capital and Consumer Goods, Fuels

EDC in Brazil

Canadian companies assisted338
International buyers insured861
Business volume2,088.76 Million CAD

Business Environment

Brazil, the largest economy in the region, has demonstrated persistently bearish economic growth and will require significant business environment and economic reforms to ramp up activity and confidence in 2015. Brazil's economic growth will continue to be moderate over the medium term and internal demand for improvements to social infrastructure will place pressure in the government to execute on projects that have been in the pipeline for a number of years. Brazil features a diversified economy and export base, along with a strongly regulated banking system. Although foreign trade only represents about 20% of its GDP, Brazil is the second largest exporter in Latin America. Brazil presents many opportunities for Canadian companies in a number of sectors, however expensive tax regimes, heavy bureaucracy and strong local and foreign competition continue to present challenges for Canadian exporters and investors. In order to succeed in Brazil, Canadian companies must be prepared to establish a local presence, be committed over the long-term, and adapt to the rigorous market requirements.

Key Industries

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Mining & Metals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power
  • Telecom

How we can support your business

Through our representations in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, we provide on-the-ground support to Canadian companies planning on or currently doing business in Brazil. Our regional representatives have developed strategic relationships with major buyers in key sectors as well as an extensive network of local contacts in the market.

  • We are well positioned to help Canadian companies through a range of financing and risk management services.
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