Big 5: Brazilian companies look for GCC expansion

ABCC hoping to increase presence in the region

The 120-square-foot Brazilian pavilion
The 120-square-foot Brazilian pavilion

The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has announced plans to strengthen its presence in the GCC.

The export value in the region has so far reached $25.61mn. The UAE accounted for 57.4% of the total transactions to reach $14.71mn, followed by Saudi Arabia ($8.13mn) and Qatar ($1.27mn).

Speaking at the Big 5 show in Dubai this week, where eight companies were represented, Marcelo Nabih Sallum, president of ABCC, told CW that plans were afoot to increase the country’s presence in the GCC.

He said: “We have 30 Brazilian companies at JAFZA (Jebel Ali Freezone). We are discussing what we have to do to increase that number. In the next year we’re hoping to add more companies.”

From January to October of this year, the GCC imported mostly plywood and other laminated wood products from Brazil, with the transaction value hitting $3.46mn. These were followed by granite ($3.3mn) and appliances for pipes and boiler shells ($2.85mn). Brazilian export value for glassware for kitchen, articles of iron and steel, and parts of valves and pipes witnessed an exponential jump in 2014, increasing over 334%, 1,268%, and 4, 312%, respectively.

In the UAE, in particular, the country has imported $2.79mn worth of granite; $2.99mn in pressure valves; $2.79mn in transmission trees; $2.58mn in bulldozers and angle dozers; and $2.01mn in air pumps. The total machinery exports to the GCC, meanwhile, reached $157.99mn, with the UAE accounting for $26.32mn of the total value.

Dubai beat off strong competition from Sao Paulo for the right to host the Expo 2020.

But Sallum is confident Brazil can still play a big part in the event in six years’ time.

He said: “I said at the time it was my opinion that Brazil will win if Sao Paulo wins or Dubai. It’s a win win because we would like to participate in the construction and sell materials.”

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