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Brazil and the United Kingdom: an old successful partnership

    The media throughout this week were taken by news that shook the most famous royal family in the world and their respective admirers: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and companion of Queen Elizabeth II for over 70 years, died on the last day 9. Despite the limited role played by the Prince in relation to the other members of the clan, what happened turned all eyes to the island located in northwestern Europe.

The history of Brazil's relationship with the United Kingdom

    Despite the intense study of the British nation and its leadership on the global stage over the centuries, especially in the history subject at school, little can be imagined that, in fact, the Brazilian economic and commercial trajectory is directly linked to the United Kingdom, and for furthermore, that the partnership remains solid today.

    The connection between the two nations began even before the formation of the Brazilian National State. Declaring support for its main trading partner - England - the Portuguese court landed in Brazil in 1808, fleeing the troops of Napoleon Bonaparte, who had issued a ban on other European countries from trading with the British. In this way, the English crown helped build the new capital of the Portuguese empire, Rio de Janeiro, built commercial and industrial establishments in port cities such as Recife, Salvador and Fortaleza, and brought a large influx of British merchants to Brazilian territory. , that same year, they founded the Association of Merchants who Traffic to Brazil.

    On the other hand, Brazil exported large quantities of its main productions, such as coffee and cotton, to the British. In short, the commercial relationship between the two nations at the time, developed the Brazilian industrial sector, contributing to the process of social and economic transition in the new State and suppressing its former colonial aspect, thus opening the doors to industrialization.  

    In a major leap in history, the 1990s of the 20th century marked a peak in the lace created over the centuries. Between 1993 and 1997, according to a report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there was a 13% growth in commercial exchange between Brazil and the United Kingdom, making the British nation the fifth largest commercial partner of Brazilians with the European Union, a group in which the Englishmen were part of it at the time.


The contemporary situation of this bilateral trade

    Currently, the link between the two countries remains solid. According to data from the Comexstat platform, in 2019, 1.31% of Brazilian exports were destined for the European country. Furthermore, among the most exported products in the same year and to the same destination, soybeans are in third place (US$141.52m), in seventh, coffee (US$104.58m), and in eighth, soy bran ( US$93.91m), products with texts already made by Prisma.    

New opportunities for Brazilian insertion after Brexit

    Furthermore, a study carried out by the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA) points out that, after Brexit, fruits, flour, vegetable oils and alcoholic beverages are on the list of 50 products with high potential for expanding sales to the United Kingdom. As for Brazilian sales, the institution showed that these would potentially benefit 37% from the change and 15% were classified as products with greater opportunities after Brexit.

The importance of assistance from an international consultancy

    Thus, it is concluded that, far beyond what is thought, Brazilian history is directly linked to the British, whether in its formation as a National State, in its industrialization process, and, mainly, in its commercial trajectory. The United Kingdom, as presented, is, without a doubt, one of the oldest and most solid partners of Brazil, and, despite being a practically certain destination for exports, with the help of an international consultancy, the chances of a process of success be accomplished, they multiply.

By Fernanda Concon on 14/04/2021




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