Exporting guide to Brazil

Overview

Brazil and the UK have long historical ties in trade and investment. The largest South American economy, Brazil has a familiar, European-style business culture.

Trade statistics

£3.4 billion total UK exports to Brazil for the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: July 2022)

29th largest UK export market

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: July 2022)

0.5% of total UK exports for the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: July 2022)

Major economic force

Brazil is the largest economy in South America. Brazil has a strong business base and modern banking system, with the presence of the world’s largest banks.

Expanding consumer market

Brazilians are early adopters, with over 50% of the population showing interest in technology developments. Brazilian consumers are shopping online more and more, with every category showing consistent growth in the last few years.

Government policy

The environment for exporters should improve under the government of Jair Bolsonaro, whose priorities include improving Brazil’s business environment and reducing barriers to trade.

Top five UK goods exported to Brazil, in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022

Goods Value (£million)
Mechanical power generators (intermediate) 329.0
Medicinal & pharmaceutical products 186.6
Beverages 125.7
Other chemicals 114.1
General industrial machinery (intermediate) 108.2

Source: ONS Trade in goods: country-by-commodity exports
Last updated: July 2022
Download the latest trade and investment factsheet for Brazil.

Top five UK services exported to Brazil, in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022

Service Value (£million)
Financial 270.0
Telecommunications, computer and information services 235.0
Other Business Services 233.0
Insurance and Pension 158.0
Intellectual property 134.0

Source: ONS UK trade in services: service type by partner country, non-seasonally adjusted
Last updated: July 2022
Download the latest trade and investment factsheet for Brazil.

Brazil: at a glance

Economic growth

-3.9%

Actual figure (IMF, 2020)
The UK is -9.3% (IMF, 2020, actual figure)

GDP per capita

$8,914

Actual figure (IMF, 2019)
The UK is $43,121 (IMF, 2019, actual figure)

Currency

Brazilian real

Business language

Brazilian Portuguese

You are likely to need a translator

Time zone

GMT -4

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Opportunities for exporters

In 2018, UK total exports to Brazil rose by 2.7%, reaching £3.2 billion (up from £3.1 billion in 2017). Goods exports represented 66% of the total UK exports to Brazil in 2018.

Check for trade barriers

Trade barriers, such as tariffs or taxes, can raise costs, cause delays, or even stop you from exporting. Check for any issues that may impact your business when exporting.

See current trade barriers

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Check duties and customs

Find information on how to export goods from the UK. View the duties, rules, restrictions, and the documents you need for your products.

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Doing business in Brazil

Preparing to export

Import regulations

Brazil has complex regulation for imports. A lot of government agencies are involved. You should get advice from a legal professional or import agency.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Brazil has members offering legal advice and services to exporters.

Alternatively contact DIT Brazil for advice.

Intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) rights are territorial. Rights granted in the UK do not provide protection elsewhere. You should consider getting IP protection abroad if you want to trade overseas or sell to overseas customers via the internet.

The Intellectual Property Office’s International IP Service provides practical information to help you protect, manage and enforce your IP in Brazil.

British Businesses looking for IP support can also contact the IP Attaché for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Trade barriers

Check for any reported barriers to trading with Brazil.

Report any trade barriers that are affecting your business so we can help fix them.

Operating in Brazil

Entry requirements

If you are travelling to Brazil on a British passport, you won't need a visa.

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months and a return ticket and proof of funds may be requested on arrival. Visitors aren't allowed to work while in Brazil.

Check the gov.uk travel advice for more information.

Next steps

DIT can advise you on doing business abroad, and help put you in touch with other people who can help such as lawyers and distributors.