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  Thursday, January 06 , 2012         Issue 278         Volume 12 Number 1 Sponsor this Newsletter
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This week in Really Useful Resources you will:

• Learn about opportunities in Brazil
• Discover new modes of Face-to-Face international trade networking
• Find out about a new online trade show for U.S exporters

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The Brazilian Ministry of Commerce recently announced that the country had a trade surplus of around 30 billion USD in 2011, an increase of 47.8% over 2010. Exports of goods increased by 26.8% to USD 256 billion, while imports rose 25.7% to USD 226 billion . It is the largest trade surplus since 2007.
In 2011 Brazil became the sixth global economy in terms of GDP, ranking ahead of countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Spain. The country has particularly benefited in recent years from strong global demand for soybeans and iron ore, which are among its leading exports. In addition, the Brazilian government has implemented tax incentives to promote exports.

Sao Paulo, economic heart of Brazil
Sao Paulo, economic heart of Brazil

The United States is the second-largest market for Brazil, with 6.6% of total exports of the country. The US is also Brazil’s largest supplier, with 15% of imports. In March 2011, President Obama and President Roussneff signed a cooperation agreement to promote economic and trade exchanges between the two countries.

Two areas were identified as priorities:
- Energy: The United States wants to become a strategic energy partner of Brazil, which recently discovered new offshore oil reserves;
- Infrastructure: Washington seeks to invest in major projects, including through partnerships between U.S. and Brazilian companies.

Brazil will host the football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. The country has launched many large-scale infrastructure projects for these events that offer lucrative business opportunities for foreign companies. Take a look at the U.S. Commercial Service’s special web pages that list opportunities related to these events.

For more information on trade relations between the United States and Brazil
The Brazil-U.S. Business Council
• 2011: US trade with Brazil on the Census Bureau's Website
The US-Brazil Economic Relationship on the White House Website
A Brookings Institution report on US-Brazil trade relations

To assist you in your business in Brazil:
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce
The US Commercial Service in Brazil
The Embassy of the United States in São Paulo
ACEB - Brazilian Business Trade Association
Trends of Doing Business in Brazil in 2011 - (Pocket Guide 2010/2011) on the South African Department of Communication and Information System's Website
SEBRAE - A Brazilian government agency that supports business development for small and “mirco” enterprises

Trade shows in Brazil:
Hospitalar, leading medical trade fair in Latin America - Sao Paulo - 05/22/2012 - 05/25/2012
28th Fispal, Latin America's largest trade show dedicated to the food service industry - Sao Paulo - 06/25/2012 - 06/28/2012
Rio Oil & Gas, leading industry exhibition and key entry point into the Latin American market - Rio de Janeiro - 09/17/2012 - 09/20/2012

For information about other countries:
• Find reports and resources for 185 countries, FITA Country Miniportals
• The mini portals of

Face-To-Face Networking for International Trade

Online social media is on nearly everybody’s minds these days. Many people, however, want to network the old-fashioned way – face-to-face! The website brings the online and face-to-face (F2F) worlds together by using online social networking to develop F2F communities. Jayden Lee, an enthusiastic young social entrepreneur in New York (originally from South Korea) has started a Meetup network just for international trade professionals. So far the groups he started in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have had several successful "Meetups". Plans are to expand the activities to Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and other cities.

Do a search on Meetup using the terms “Import-Export” and you will find many networking events throughout the world where professionals can network. We encourage our subscribers to consider setting up similar “meetups” in your local community. Contact Barney Lehrer, editor of this newsletter, at if you need some help!

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Online Trade Shows for U.S. Exporters

The USA Export Expo is a new comprehensive, online lead-generation and communications virtual conference and trade show that enables exhibitors to quickly, easily and affordably manage their own online multimedia "booth," while creating a compelling social-media experience for the attendee. Developed by Think Global, the publishers of Commercial News USA , the USA Export Expo brings U.S. exporters and buyers from around the world together for online networking, information exchanges and e-commerce. It enhances the benefits of trade shows, meetings, and conventions, while providing a continuos, centralized venue with streaming media, social networking, and analytics.

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