Belarus-Brazil: Potash, tires and clothing dominate bilateral trade

Belarus-Brazil: Potash, tires and clothing dominate bilateral trade

In a few days, the UN conference Rio+20 opens in Brazil. The Belarusian delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs will bring to Rio their principle offers. But Belarus is still interested in Brazil as in a promising market for Belarusian goods: today it is among the top ten major foreign economic partners of this country.

Until 1960, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil. The population of the metropolis is now around 13 million.

Belarus is little known in Brazil. The famous art museum in São Paulo is one of the most visited in the world. There are pictures of the great artists of all the time.

Among the 8,000 great paintings there are two belonging to Belarusian artists - Marc Chagall and Chaim Soutine.

Belarusian opera and ballet are of great interest for Brazilians.

Belaruskali is the main figure in the trade between the two countries. Brazil has a sustainable surplus in foreign trade.

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus:
We have outlined cooperation prospects. I'm sure it will be successful. With the great state of Brazil, with a population of nearly 30 million people. With a huge gross of domestic product, with a highly developed economy. An economy that needs the products that we make in Belarus. We started from one of the Brazilian state. We can consider that this is the first anchor point for the trade and economic bridge we are going to build.

Brazilian coffee has a particle of Belarus - in the form of potash fertilizers. By the way, the share of the Belarusian chlorine potash on the Brazilian market is about 40 percent. It means that other crops have a Belarusian component.

The representative office of the Belarusian Potash Company is located on the top floor of one of the skyscrapers of Sao Paulo.

Tires is another important Belarusian export item. Two years ago, a Bobruisk tire maker opened its own trading house in Vitoria city. Moreover, a number of Brazilian businessmen buy Belarusian tires.

Belarusian OTR tires are in demand in Brazil, too.

Brazilians could learn a lot from Belarusians in terms of rail transport development.

There are Belarusians in Sao Paulo, too. One of them, Sergei Demidov, has opened a firm that sells navigational equipment. He knows that Belarusian tires are popular with Brazilians, too, but underlines that investment is vital for development in that area.

Mr Demidov added that fiberglass from Belarus could also gain ground here but competition from China is quite tough.

One can find clothes made Belarusian flax in Brazil.

Plans have been made to deliver more Belarusian clothing brands to Brazil and develop some new brands sewing cloches made of Belarusian flax.

At first sight Belarus and Brazil are very different countries. However, if the sides start to build a relationship, their will undoubtedly find a lot in common.