Chinese companies want to export pesticides to Brazil

24 April 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 April – Chinese pesticide firms, whose annual production has increased by an average of 9.6 percent since 1995, are seeking to sell their products directly to Brazil without the use of agents, media have reported.

Business journal Valor Económico reported Tuesday that four leading Chinese pesticide firms have speeded up the process of product registration in Brazil and are seeking partners to consolidate their presence in the Latin American state.

Flávio Hirata, a consultant with Allier Brasiol, told Valor Económico the Chinese companies (who preferred to remain anonymous) were not exporting agro-chemicals to Brazil and had already asked for official registration of their fungicide and herbicide brands to begin operating there.

After getting the green light to market their products, the Chinese firms will seek joint ventures with Brazilian companies to distribute their pesticides, Hirata added.

An official at the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry revealed that 13 products, none of which was Chinese, had been approved in accordance with new laws on pesticide standards.

There are presently 1,803 pesticide factories in China. Exports of these products between 1995 and 2005 grew by an average of 25 percent per year.

According to Brazil’s National Union of Industry of Products for Defense of Agriculture (Sindag), the number of Chinese products approved and imported rose from 68 in 2000 to 117 in 2006. In the same period, Brazilian products on the market fell from 242 to 235.

Brazilian imports of Chinese pesticides have risen tenfold since 2000 to reach a value of US$ 14.2 million, according to official figures. In the same period, total imports of pesticides to Brazil have doubled to a value of US$ 550 million. (macauhub)