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Brazilian imports from Arab Nations grow 2.72 per cent to USD 11.4 billion in 2013

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2014-01-28 13:16:59 - Brazil imported more than USD 11.399 billion products

UAE, January 28, 2014: The Arab World has been a very important bilateral trade partner for Brazil, with Arab countries collectively accounting for a 2.72 per cent growth in Brazilian imports in 2013 over the previous year, according to statistics from the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC). During the period, Brazil imported more than USD 11.399 billion worth of products such as mineral fuel, fertilizers, plastic, glass and glassware, fish and seafood, and electric machinery.

The imported products came from countries including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Kuwait, Iraq, among others. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was the biggest exporter with USD 3.194 billion, followed by Algeria at USD 3.074 billion, Morocco, USD 1.434 billion, Kuwait USD 1.016 billion and Iraq

USD 691 million. As for UAE, Qatar and Egypt, UAE exports to Brazil almost doubled from USD 309 million in 2012 to USD 610 million in 2013, followed by Qatar and Egypt at USD 581 million and USD 276 million, respectively.

Dr. Michel Alaby, General Secretary and CEO of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Arab countries have been key trade partners of Brazil for a long time, with flourishing bilateral trade continuing to expand over the years. In 2013, we witnessed a tremendous increase in imports of fertilizers, plastics, and ships and boats, apart from traditional items such as mineral fuel and oil. The sustained growth also underlines the huge potential for promoting bilateral ties by opening up new trade routes in the region. The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce has always played a strategic role in facilitating trade relations between Brazilian and Arab traders to unlock further opportunities for boosting business activities.”

The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce has been established to consolidate and expand partnerships, generate opportunities and bring Arab and Brazilian companies together. It has been in operation for 62 years, playing an active role in boosting economic, cultural and tourism activities and facilitating the flow of information between Arabs and Brazilians.

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