Brasilia, Brazil, 06 Jan – Brazil’s Export Promotion Agency (Apex) is set to open three distribution centers for Brazilian products outside the country by April 2006, in order to make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to sell and export manufactured products, officials said in Brasilia Monday.
Brazil’s Minister for Development, Luiz Fernando Furlan, agreed with the German government to open a distribution center in Frankfurt, which is due to begin operating in March with more than 100 companies interested in using it.
Apex will also open a center in Lisbon in March and in April plans to open another in Warsaw, the capital of Poland.
Apex already ahs a distribution center in Miami, Florida, which is the top individual market for Brazilian exports.
“We started in Miami, in the United States, with 23 exporters and now we have 112 exporters and a waiting list with a further 87,” Apex said in a statement.
The first center to be opened is located in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, in 2003, but is now being reorganized as it was focused mainly on selling furniture and decorative items.
“Each distribution center can provide products for several regions. Exports to Eatsern Europe increased 55 percent last year and so we are opening a center in Warsaw. Another priority is Portugal, in order to meet increasing demand from the Iberian Peninsula,” Apex president, Juan Quirós said.
The Brazilian government also plans to open distribution centers in China (Shanghai), Russia (Moscow), South Africa, Finland and India, but as yet no dates have been set for their launch, said Quirós.(macauhub)