Brazil

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Map of Brazil

General Overview

Population:

203,429,773 (July 2011 est)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $2.194 trillion (2010 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

US $10,900 (2010 est.)

GDP (real growth rate):

7.5% (2010 est.)

Industries:

  • Textiles
  • Shoes
  • Chemicals
  • Cement
  • Lumber
  • Iron ore
  • Tin
  • Steel
  • Aircraft
  • Motor vehicles and parts
  • Other machinery and equipment

Imports:

US $187.7 billion (2010 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Machinery
  • Electrical and transport equipment
  • Chemical products
  • Oil
  • Automotive parts
  • Electronics

Exports:

US $199.7 billion (2010 est.)

Export commodities:

  • Transport equipment
  • Iron ore
  • Soybeans
  • Footwear
  • Coffee
  • Autos

Alberta's exports to Brazil:

CAN $163.6 million (2010)

Alberta's main exports to Brazil:

  • Sulphur
  • Wheat
  • Potash
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Taps
  • Cocks
  • Valves
  • Polymers of ethylene
  • Parts of boring or sinking machinery
  • Malt
  • Parts for surveying machinery
  • Bovine semen
  • Turbo propellers
  • Ventilating hoods
  • X-ray apparatus

Canada's main exports to Brazil:

  • Potash
  • Coal
  • Newsprint
  • Sulphur
  • Wheat
  • Airplanes
  • Flat hot-rolled iron or steel products
  • Turbo propellers
  • Canary seed

Information about Brazil

CIA World Factbook
Detailed information about Brazil's economy, political system and history.
Energy Information Administration
Energy profile for Brazil.

Export statistics

Alberta's International Trade Review
An analysis of Alberta's international exports of goods and services. Published by Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Trade Data Online
Customized reports on Canada's trade with over 200 countries.

Alberta-Brazil relations

Over the past three years, Alberta exports to Brazil have averaged $269 million per year. Main imports from Brazil to Alberta included bulldozers, oil and gas equipment, telecommunications equipment, machinery and mechanical parts.

World Relations
A summary of Alberta's relationship with Brazil.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

Brazil's industrial and agricultural production has grown over the past decade making Brazil one of the world's largest oil consumers.

  • Environmental equipment and services: In recent years, the government of Brazil has passed legislation forcing local manufacturers to be more responsible for environmental violations. This has increased the demand for engineering services for sewage treatment plants, waste disposal plants, pollution and emission controls, and alternative clean air technologies.

  • Information and communication technologies: Brazil has the largest telecommunications market in South America. Demand for basic services has increased since the 1998 privatization of Telebras, Brazil's state-owned monopoly telephone system. There is a need for telephone and transmission equipment, Internet access, cellular phones and consulting services.

  • Construction and building materials and services: The Construction Industry Association predicts that Brazil will need to construct three million houses over the next 20 years. Foreign sources of financing are expected to provide 80% of this funding to meet the anticipated developments. Imports currently satisfy 30% of total demand and consist primarily of products intended for the high-end consumer bracket. The market is open to Albertan suppliers and there are very few trade barriers.

  • Oil and gas equipment and services: Expansion and privatization of Brazil's oil and gas sector has resulted in a demand for equipment and services for seismic exploration, refineries, production platforms, and oil and gas pipelines.

  • Transportation and logistics: Brazil has sizable natural gas reserves (24 trillion cubic feet), but it is still a net importer due to a lack of natural gas transportation infrastructure. This creates opportunities for Alberta business specializing in transportation.

Services for exporters

Canada Business
Online tool for new and experienced exporters.
The Canadian Commercial Corporation
Crown corporation that promotes and facilitates international trade on behalf of Canadian industry.
Export Alert!
A resource for exporters to learn about changes in foreign export regulations.
Export resources
Resources for both new and experienced exporters.
International Trade Canada
Sector reports as well as a list of staff contacts that can assist exporters.

Services in Brazil