Brazil-China Business Council launches guide to doing business in China

19 December 2006

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 Dec – The China-Brazil Business Council, made up of large Brazilian and Chinese companies, has created an online guide for Brazilian business owners interested in the Chinese market, the executive secretary of the institution, Rodrigo Maciel, told Macauhub.

“The need to make this guide arose because many Brazilian business owners waste a lot of time knocking on the wrong doors, as they don’t know what each Chinese organ does. The guide helps to reduce the time and costs of those business owners,” Maciel said.

The guide, which is called “Chinese Government,” is aimed mainly at companies that want to export to China or produce in the country.

The tool is available on the Brazil-China Business Council website ( and can be read in its entirety by associates and partially by anyone who visits the page.

Currently, 31 Brazilian companies – including oil giant Petrobras, mining company Companhia do Vale do Rio Doce, and aircraft manufacturer Embraer – and 45 Chinese companies are members of the Brazil-China Business Council. The Brazilian members are from several sectors, Maciel said, giving the machinery and equipment sector as an example, which although they have Chinese competitors on the Brazilian market, are members of the council and are looking to move into the Chinese market.

“Brazil does not know what the opportunities are. Those business owners need to better understand China and understand that China is an importing country,” Maciel noted.

As well as the guide, the Brazil-China Business Council organizes bi-weekly meetings to exchange experiences between business owners, lobbies the Brazilian government for approval of policies that favor bilateral trade between China and Brazil and publishes information via publications, events, conferences and talks.

The publications – two bulletins, one monthly and one quarterly – are available on the Internet site of the council and are distributed to 8,500 readers, Maciel said. (macauhub)