Bilateral Trade Report


11/08/19

Introduction
Last update: October 2020

Brazil and Switzerland have a harmonious and long-term business relationship. Brazil is the main economic partner in Latin America, responsible for 36% of Swiss business in the region. In 2019, Brazil ranked 24th in the ranking of Switzerland’s most important trading partners. On the other hand, Switzerland is the 26th most important trading partner in Brazil. Bilateral trade between the two countries in 2019 increased by 25% over the previous year.

According to the Comex Stat portal of the Ministry of Economy, Brazil exported US$ 225 billion in 2019 and imported US $ 177 billion, resulting in a US$ 46 billion surplus in the trade balance. Switzerland exported CHF 242 billion and imported CHF 205 billion, with a surplus of CHF 37 billion.

As for trade exchanges between the two countries, the SISCOMEX (Integrated Foreign Trade System) registered that Brazil exported US$ 1.2 billion to Switzerland and imported US$ 2.5 billion in 2019. These values vary positive of 14.7% in imports and 53.3% in exports, compared to 2018.

Brazil sold to Switzerland in 2019 mainly gold, aircraft and other equipment, iron ore, chicken meat, aviation kerosene, heart valves, food preparations, works of art, rice, coffee, medicines, palm oil, articles and orthopedic appliances, soy, among others.

Switzerland, on the other hand, exported to Brazil especially medicines and pharmaceutical products, compounds with nitrogen functions, organo-inorganic and heterocyclic compounds, boilers for steam generators, electric generators, roasted coffee, measuring instruments, hearing aids, packaging machines, watches, prefabricated buildings, machine tools, printing inks, etc.

In addition to the economic field, the two nations maintain an excellent diplomatic relationship in the cultural and political sector and hold regular ministerial meetings and political consultations.

According to the Swiss Embassy in Brazil, almost 13,900 Swiss currently live in Brazil, while the Brazilian community in Switzerland is 21,596 people (data from October 2019 – source: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs).

 

Diplomatic relations between Brazil and Switzerland

Last update: October 2020

Diplomatic relations between Brazil and Switzerland began even when Brazil was part of the Portuguese Empire. In 1818, D. João VI authorized one hundred Swiss families to settle as immigrants at Fazenda do Morro Queimado, in Rio de Janeiro. This nucleus of colonization would grow to the point of breaking up from the areas of Cantagalo and being raised to the category of Nova Friburgo village, in the year 1820. Nova Friburgo becomes a city in the year 1890. In 2017, Nova Friburgo receives the title of “Brazilian Switzerland” by the Government of Rio de Janeiro. In the current region of Joinville (Santa Catarina), the first Swiss immigrants arrived in 1851 and in the current municipality of Rio Novo do Sul (Espírito Santo) in 1856. In São Paulo, Swiss immigrants settled in the region of Jundiaí, Limeira, Rio Claro and Piracicaba in 1854, until the Helvetia Colony was founded in Indaiatuba in 1888, with activities to this day.

Brazil’s first diplomatic mission to Switzerland was established in 1855, when José Francisco Guimarães became the first diplomatic representative as Consul in Bern. The first Swiss representative on Brazilian soil was Albert Gertsch, in charge of business, in 1907. Another prominent Swiss diplomat was Charles Redard, sent to Rio de Janeiro in 1912, where he served for 26 years, and returned to Brazil shortly afterwards to end his diplomatic career as a plenipotentiary minister in Rio de Janeiro in 1949. The Swiss legation in Rio de Janeiro became an Embassy in 1958, while the Brazilian legation in Berne became an Embassy the following year.

Companies also played an important role in increasing relations between Switzerland and Brazil. In the 1930s, the Association of Swiss Business Houses brought together executives from Swiss companies in Rio de Janeiro to discuss issues related to business between the two countries and also prepare and send Switzerland monthly reports on the Brazilian political and economic situation. From 1945, the group was made official and became the Swiss Chamber of Commerce of Brazil.

In the 1950s, with the presence of President Juscelino Kubitschek, “Casa da Suíça” was inaugurated in Rio de Janeiro, an eleven-story building that centralized the activities of the Swiss residents in Brazil at that time. The Swiss chamber and Swiss companies operating in Brazil also housed their offices there. In the 1970s, the Swiss Embassy moved to Brasilia, but the Swiss Consulate remains at the same address to this day, among other Swiss entities.

More information and photos of the 75-year history of SWISSCAM and the Swiss community in Brazil can be seen at www.swisscam.com.br/swisscam-75-anos.

In the last two decades, Brazil and Switzerland have brought relations closer together, seeking a greater development in trade between countries. In 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Chancellor Celso Amorim and Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard who created the Joint Commission for Economic and Commercial Relations with the aim of becoming a “focus of coordination and convergence between the two Governments and, above all, between the representatives of the private sector”, in the words of the then Ambassador of Brazil to Switzerland, Eduardo dos Santos.

The first meeting of the Joint Commission for Commercial and Economic Relations took place in Berne on October 30, 2007, led by Ambassador Monika Rühl Burzi, Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations sector at the Federal Secretariat of Economy (SECO) of Switzerland and by Ambassador Edileuza Fontenele Reis, Director of the Secretariat for European Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. The meeting was also attended by several representatives of the business sector. Since then, the commission has met almost every year, sometimes in Switzerland and sometimes in Brazil, with the last meeting in 2018.

In 2008, Federal Counselor Micheline Calmy-Rey was in Brazil and signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a strategic cooperation plan on topics of common interest in the political, economic, scientific and technological agendas.

In 2009, the Treaty on Legal Cooperation in Criminal Matters, signed in 2004 by Minister of Justice Márcio Thomaz Bastos and Federal Counselor Christoph Blocher, entered into force. Also in 2009, the Bilateral Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation was signed by Federal Counselor Pascal Couchepin and by the Minister of Science and Technology of Brazil Sergio Machado Rezende.

In 2011, the Bilateral Agreement for the Exchange of Trainees was signed by Federal Counselor Johann Schneider-Ammann and by Foreign Minister Antônio Patriota.

In 2013, deputies and senators from the Brazil-Switzerland Parliamentary Group, in cooperation with SWISSCAM, made a trip to Switzerland with an extensive agenda of visits to Swiss companies, associations and public institutions, highlighting the visit to the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne and to Parliament in Bern. The group, then led by Senator Paulo Bauer, was created in 2003 with the aim of bringing Parliaments closer to the two countries. That same year, the Agreement on Regular Air Services was signed, which is still pending in the Senate for ratification. The objective is to establish a legal framework for the operation of air services between the two countries and is based on the so-called “open skies policy”, in which two nations relax the rules for commercial flights between them.

In 2014, the “Social Security Agreement” was signed by Federal Counselor Johann Schneider-Ammann and by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, which only came into force in 2019. In that same year, the Federal Revenue of Brazil finally recognized that Switzerland should not be considered a country with a privileged tax situation (tax haven), after four years of diplomatic negotiations. In this sense, the efforts resulted in the signing of the “Agreement for the exchange of information on tax matters” in November 2015 by the Secretary of Federal Revenue of Brazil Jorge Antonio Rachid and by the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Finance Christoph Schelling, in force since 2019. And the following year, Brazil and Switzerland signed a joint declaration on the application of mutual automatic exchange of information in tax matters (AIA – Automatischer Informationsaustausch), a global standard developed within the scope of the OECD. Exchange between Brazil and Switzerland began in 2019.

The Treaty between Brazil and Switzerland on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons was signed in 2015, but is still pending before the National Congress for due ratification.

In 2016, in the context of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games, Brazil was visited by several Swiss authorities such as Federal Counselors Alain Berset, Guy Parmelin and Johann Schneider-Ammann, who was also the president of the Swiss Confederation that year and participated in a Roundtable with Swiss companies, organized by the Swiss Business Hub in partnership with SWISSCAM, at the House of Switzerland (Lower Switzerland), one of the few nations’ houses open to the public during the Games in Rio de Janeiro and was the stage for celebrations of medals, receptions and events with partners.

In order to demonstrate the consolidated and advanced field of innovation in Switzerland and further strengthen relations, SWISSCAM promoted in 2017 the Innovation Trip Mission: a trip with Brazilian parliamentarians to meet Swiss institutions in the area of ​​innovation and companies with huge investments in research and development.

In 2018, an important agreement was signed, the “Convention to Eliminate Double Taxation in Relation to Income Taxes and Prevent Tax Evasion and Avoidance”. The current Swiss Ambassador to Brazil, Andrea Semadeni, emphasized that the “lack of a double taxation agreement between the two countries was one of the biggest complaints from Swiss companies”. The agreement was approved by the Swiss parliament in March 2019. In Brazil, the bill is currently being discussed in the Senate.

The World Water Forum took place for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere in its eighth edition, in March 2018, in Brasilia, where SWISSCAM was designated by the Federal Department of International Relations of the Swiss Government in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to organize the Swiss stand.

In August 2019, the member countries of Efta (European Free Trade Association) and Mercosur signed a free trade agreement in Buenos Aires, which still awaits the approval of the parliaments of the respective countries to enter into force. The expectation, according to the Ministry of Economy, is that the agreement will raise Brazil’s GDP by US $ 5.2 billion in 15 years.

In October 2019, Anvisa and Swissmedic signed an agreement for a pilot project to inspect good manufacturing practices for medicines and pharmaceutical ingredients. In addition, Anvisa is expected to enter the Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme in 2020, of which Swissmedic has been part since 1996, which will allow for the mutual recognition of inspections between the two countries.

In November 2019, a Swiss delegation headed by Ambassador Mauro Moruzzi was in Brasília to reinforce the collaboration in the areas of research and innovation. The meeting celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement signed in 2009 with Brazil, with the presence of Minister Marcos Pontes. On the occasion, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and CONFAP and also a memorandum by Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Agency, the Swiss agency for the promotion of innovation and EMBRAPII – Brazilian Company for Industrial Research and Innovation, which will offer support to projects between companies in Brazil and Switzerland.

 

Business Highlights

UBS and Banco do Brasil signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to launch a leading investment bank in South America, providing services in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, with UBS being the majority shareholder (50.01%) of the partnership, which is still subject to the successful conclusion of the negotiations between the parties.

Bobst Group has announced that will open a new facility in Itatiba-SP in 2020 that will occupy a 6000m² area, including a competence center and training area.

Emmi, a major Swiss milk processor, in its strategy to strengthen international business, increased its stake to 70% in Laticínios Porto Alegre, one of the three largest milk processors in Minas Gerais. The acquisition of the majority of the shares is subject to approval by the local authority.

Swiss company Aryzta, which operates in the market of frozen bakery, announced in July 2018 an investment of R$ 150 million for the installation of another factory in Brazil. The location has not been decided yet, but the company’s fifth unit in the country is expected to start operations in 2020. Once completed, this will be the company’s largest plant, with 12,000 m².

In March 2019, Zurich Airport won concessions for the operation of two more airports in Brazil, in the cities of Vitória/ES and Macaé/RJ for a period of 30 years, that includes expansion investments in the following years. It’s the fourth airport in Brazil and eighth in Latin America operated by the Swiss company.

The Swiss company Stadler Rail delivered custom trains for the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, an investment of BRL 200 million. It’s the fourth generation of trains with Swiss technology since 1884 in one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brazil.

A consortium formed by the Swiss company Molinari and the Brazilian companies TTrans and Bom Sinal will supply the Metro of São Paulo with new trains, systems and equipment for the new line 17 (Ouro). With the best offer (approximately BRL 1 billion) presented in October 2019, the consortium documents are still subject to approval.

Nestlé will invest BRL 1 billion in São Paulo state over the next three years to introduce new production lines in the factures of Araçatuba and Caçapava, and new technologies and digital initiatives, as well as startup acceleration.

ABB announced in the end of 2018 investment of BRL 1 million for the expansion of the Robotics Training Center (CTR), located in the company’s industrial complex in Guarulhos (SP).

The Franco-Swiss construction materials franchise Disensa arrived in Brazil in February 2018. Founded by the LafargeHolcim group, the retail network has more than one thousand stores throughout Latin America. In Brazil, the goal is to reach 350 stores by 2022.

The Swiss company specialized in oral health, Curaprox, inaugurated in 2018 a distribution center in the city of São Caetano do Sul. The new building is located in an area of 3,000 m² and is used to store the logistic operation of the entire national territory. The company invested R$ 15 million and created 33 direct jobs and 300 indirect jobs. The expectation is to double the number of employees within the next five years.

Perlen Packaging AG acquired a Brazilian company in 2018 and opened a new plant in the state of Goiás to develop packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. The Swiss company intend to invest BRL 70 million in the next two years and increase the number of employees from 30 to 300.

Atlas Schindler inaugurated two new offices in the cities of Curitiba and Salvador. In addition, the company invested in the modernization of the Londrina plant, which exports products to all Latin America. Atlas Schindler also celebrated 100 years in Brazil.

Glen-Rico SA, a joint venture between Glencore and Ricolog, a Brazilian logistics company, was formed in 2018 to transport sugar produced by Glencore in the state of São Paulo to the port of Paranaguá in the state of Paraná. In the same year, the Swiss company acquired 78% of ALE Combustíveis, the fourth largest fuel distributor in Brazil, with approximately 1,500 gas stations in 22 states.

The Swiss fund Partners Group officialized at the end of 2018 the purchase of the “Hortifruti” network. The European group will invest R$ 80 million in 2019, aiming to open 12 stores and expand the business. Currently, “Hortifruti” has 34 stores in Rio and two in Espírito Santo. In addition to the Hortifruti brand, the business embraces the “Natural da Terra” network, which has nine stores in São Paulo and was purchased in 2015 by the hortifrutigranjeiros retailer.

Business Opportunities

Despite the economic and political crisis of recent years, Brazil continues to attract investors from Switzerland and other countries, since the country has been showing significant improvements. The July 2019 Report on Investment Prospects of the National Bank for Social Development (BNDES) projects that investments for the 2019-2022 quadrennium will reach R$ 1.1 trillion. Compared to the survey conducted in July of last year for the period 2018-2021, there was a real increase of 2.7% of total investments.

The projections are of growth in the industry. In infrastructure, the comparison between the value in 2018 and the average from 2019 to 2022 shows a slight decrease scenario. What explains the scenario of a strong expansion of investments is the high performance of oil and gas, driven by the recovery in oil prices and the exploration block concession or sharing auctions held in 2017 and early 2018.

In infrastructure, the scenario is for retraction in investments in electricity until 2021, with resumption from 2022. In contrast, the perspective is of significant increase in investments in logistics and sanitation. Performances in these two sectors show a recovery in investment in the most deprived areas, especially from 2020.

There are growing prospects for the railways to be inserted in the exportation of bulk agricultural exports (North-South Railroad and increase of capacity of the North Mesh towards the Port of Santos), but challenges still persist in general cargo rail transport, the main Brazilian demand. In sanitation, it is noteworthy that more than half of the sewage generated in the country (54%) is not treated (2017 data).

Switzerland attracts investments from around the world and Brazilian companies are well aware of the country’s potential. Switzerland excels in the Information and Communication Technology, Life Sciences and Machine, Electrical and Metallurgy sectors. Switzerland has numerous technology parks and business incubators, most of which are gathered in associations. With different formats and alignments in terms and themes and areas of knowledge, they developed through close links with higher education institutions and partly through purely private initiative.

In 2009, Switzerland ranked fifth in the World Digital Competitiveness ranking produced by the Lausanne-based IMD Business School. The ranking measures the ability and readiness of 63 countries to adapt and exploit digital technologies, a key factor in the broader economic transformation of business, government and society.

Currently, Switzerland has been a strong player in the fintech area. A study by the Zug IFZ Institute of Financial Services at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts shows Zurich and Geneva in second and third positions among the cities with the best conditions for business development in the fintech area. The excellent conditions combined with the pooling of innovative entrepreneurs, proactive authorities and leading scientific research institutes have led to the development of the Crypto Valley in the canton of Zug. Swiss fintech companies raised CHF 271 million through this alternative form of financing in 2017.

In 2018, the regulators Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) and its Brazilian counterpart, the Securities Commission (CVM) signed a cooperation agreement in the area of fintechs. “The agreement represents an advance in our cooperation in the area by providing the right structure for innovative fintech companies to engage in discussions and understand regulatory requirements. In addition, the agreement helps to reduce regulatory uncertainty and time to market,” said Swiss State Secretary Jörg Gasser at an event in Sao Paulo.

Switzerland and the Swiss government also show great interest in technologies for the generation and use of clean and renewable energy, favoring Brazil in the field of biofuels and ethanol. In this area, the opportunities lie not only in the direct sale of alternative fuels but also in technology transfer and productive partnerships between companies from both countries.

Investments

The Brazilian Department of Development, Industry, Commerce, Services and Innovation publishes every six months a report with information about investments in Brazil. According to the report, Switzerland has invested about US$ 1.19 billion in 2018 and 2019, as shown in the table below:

CompanyOrigin of capitalInvestment detailsTypeAmount  (US$)      Valor (US$)
FERRING PHARMACEUTICALSSwitzerlandInvestment for product development with Brazilian scientists, including the preclinical phase.Expansion2.645.503      5.873.016

 

HORTIFRUTI NATURAL DA TERRA (PARTNERS GROUP)SwitzerlandInvestment to open five (5) units in Rio de Janeiro and to renovate nine (9) Natural da Terra brand stores in São Paulo.Implantation

Modernization

21.341.463     151.975.684
ABB LTDASwitzerlandInvestment in the expansion of the company’s Robotics Training Center, in Guarulhos (SP).Expansion264.550     32.051.282
NESTLÉSwitzerlandInvestment in Dolce Gusto factory in Montes Claros (MG). Aiming at doubling the manufacturing capacity of the multi-drink capsules, two (2) new production lines will be applied, which is double the current factory capacity, reaching 800 million capsules per year.Expansion61.728.39524.922.118 

 

 

 

NESTLÉ / FONTERRANew Zeland, SwitzerlandInvestment for the implementation of one (1) factory in Garanhuns (PE). Unit will pack milk Nest powder, in sachet version. The new line should have a total installed capacity of 10,000 tons per year, which should happen gradually, reaching this maximum capacity level in about four years.Implantation1.524.390

3.205.128

 

 

 

DG POWER (DGPL) / MERCURIA ENERGY TRADINGBangladesh, SwitzerlandInvestment in the first phase of a fuel formulator in the Pecém port region.Implantation51.020.408

22.364.217  

 

 

ATLAS SCHINDLERSwitzerlandInvestment for the construction of one (1) new headquarters, in Cambuci (SP). The area will be twice as large as the current one; the training and distribution centers will be expanded and the showcase modernized. There will also be office refurbishment at the Londrina (PR) plant and operational improvements at the branches.Expansion Implantation23.529.411
ATLAS SCHINDLERSwitzerlandInvestment for the construction of one (1) new headquarters, in Cambuci (SP). The area will be twice as large as the current one; the training and distribution centers will be expanded and the showcase modernized. There will also be office refurbishment at the Londrina (PR) plant and operational improvements at the branches.Expansion Implantation2.941.177
ARYZTASwitzerlandInvestment to build one (1) frozen bakery factory. The unit will have 12,000 square meters dedicated to bread production in the South or Southeast. Once ready, it will be the largest factory of the company.Implantation39.787.798
LATICÍNIOS PORTO ALEGREBrazil, SwitzerlandInvestment in a milk drying tower in the unit of Antonio Carlos (MG).Expansion Modernization7.462.686
LATÍCINIOS PORTO ALEGREBrazil, SwitzerlandInvestment in a new unit in Patos de Minas (MG). The plant will produce mozzarella, platter, parmesan and whey cheese, which will be marketed to other industries.Implantation14.925.373
NESTLÉSwitzerlandInvestment to expand the production of chocolate and child nutrition products in Caçapava and Araçatuba factories in the state of São Paulo.Modernization265.251.989
NESTLÉSwitzerlandInvestment to transfer the activities of the unit from Itabuna (BA) to the Feira de Santana (BA) plant, which will be expanded and will receive contributions to three new production lines of ” Nescau Ready to Drink ”. The idea is that the unit will become a production and distribution hub for the Northeast. The new equipment of Feira de Santana will have capacity to produce up to 75 thousand tons per year.Expandion Modernization11.936.339
NESTLÉSwitzerlandInvestment in eleven (11) industrial units and distribution centers located in São Paulo, the main supplier of milk to the company in the country. This amount will be invested in factories, digitization, product innovation and organics.Modernization177.083.333
LAFARGEHOLCIM LTDSwitzerlandInvestment in aggregate plant in Cajamar, in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. The funds will be allocated to the acquisition of new equipment, automation and expansion of facilities for the production of three new types of artificial sand for mortar and limestone filler, which will increase the unit’s production capacity from 60 thousand to 80 thousand tons / month. of cement.Expansion Modernization3.713.527
NOVARTISSwitzerlandInvestment in clinical research. The amount is foreseen for studies in all areas of the company: oncology, ophthalmology, biosimilars and other specialties such as neurology, immunology and respiratory system. The amount will go to 63 trials, 50 of them in cancer treatments.Expansion255.102.041
OCTAPHARMA / HEMOBRÁS / TECPARBrazil, SwitzerlandInvestment to implement one (1) factory in Maringá (PR). The unit will produce six (6) blood products: albumin, immunoglobulin, plasma coagulation factors VIII and IX, von Willebrand factor, and prothrombin complex.Implantation250.000.000
ARCH QUÍMICA BRASIL (LONZA GROUP)SwitzerlandInvestment for installation of industrial activities in the municipality of Sorocaba (SP). The focus will be on developing and manufacturing chemicals for the treatment of swimming pools and industrial waters. It is estimated that 80% of the distribution operation will be installed by December 2018 and 100% of the operation completed by March 2019.Implantation5.333.333

Source: MDIC

According to the BNDES Investment Outlook Report 2018-2021, the outlook is for real growth of 1.9% per annum on average over 2018-2021, showing a significant improvement in expectations compared to the previous survey, when the forecast was for an average 3.1% drop in investments from 2017 to 2020.

The determining factors in the improvement of the scenario were the increase in international commodity prices, the recovery of domestic demand and public policies and public service concession programs.

Table 1: Investment outlook 2018-2021 (position in October 2018) – In billions of Reais

Sector2017Annual Average Projection

2018-2021

Mineral Extraction13,815,1
Oil and Gas57,972,8
Food8,99,5
Beverages2,32,8
Biofuels2,72,9
Paper and Cellulose7,75,3
Siderurgy2,33,8
Chemistry2,73,7
Health Industrial Complex5,05,1
Electrical Engineering Complex4,15,3
Automotive6,86,1
Aerospace2,82,5
Industry116,8135,0
Electricity61,140,1
Telecommunications28,030,2
Logistics28,339,1
  • Highways
14,420,2
  • Railways
7,89,8
  • Ports
1,34,5
  • Aeroports
1,52,0
  • Urban Mobility
3,22,6
Sanitation11,413,1
Infrastructure57,972,8

Source: BNDES

Swiss companies in Brazil

About 350 Swiss companies maintain operations in Brazil. Major companies such as ABB, Adecco, Arytza, Autoneum, Barry Callebaut, Blaser, Bobst, Bühler, Clariant, Credit Suisse, Curaprox, Dufry, Ferring, Firmenich, Givaudan, Lafarge-Holcim, Liebherr, Lonza, MSC, Nestlé, Novartis, Panalpina, Precious Woods, Richemont, Roche, Atlas Schindler, Sigvaris, Swissport, Syngenta, Victorinox, Zurich, Zürcher Kantonalbank, UBS and many others have a significant presence in the Brazilian market. Brazil is also a strategic place for companies that aim to export to other countries in Latin America. Some of them have been in Brazil for more than 100 years.

Brazilian companies in Switzerland

Some of the main Brazilian companies investing in Switzerland are: CBMM, Vale, Vicunha, Banco Safra, Itaú Private Bank, Biomecânica, Stefanini IT, Suzano, EFW Capital Advisors, Welle Laser. Brazil is also present through small and micro-enterprises founded by Brazilian citizens. They are law firms, travel agencies, restaurants, shops and beauty salons.

Switzerland

Area (km2): 41,285
Population: 8.5 million (2018)
Official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh
Capital: Bern
Currency: Swiss Franc – CHF
GDP: $ 705.5 billion (2018)
GDP per capita: US $ 68,079 (2017)
Total exports: US $ 305 billion (2018)
Total Imports: US $ 274 billion (2018)

Embassy of Switzerland in Brazil:

SES Av. das Nações Q. 811, lote 41
70448-900 Brasília – DF
Tel.: +55 61 3443 5500
Ambassador: Andrea Semadeni
E-mail: [email protected]
www.eda.admin.ch/brasilia

 

Brazil

 

 

Area (km2): 8.514.877
Population: 210 million (2018)
Official language: Portuguese
Capital: Brasilia
Currency: Real – BRL – R $
GDP: $ 6.8 trillion (2018)
GDP per capita: US $ 32,747 (2018)
Total exports: US $ 239 billion (2018)
Total Imports: US $ 181 billion (2018)

Embassy of Brazil in Switzerland
Monbijoustrasse 68
CH – 3007 Bern
Tel.: +41 31 371 8515
Ambassador:  José Borges dos Santos Junior
E-mail: [email protected]
berna.itamaraty.gov.br

Export Promotion Agency – APEX Brasil
SBN Quadra 2 – Lote 11, Edifício Apex-Brasil
70040-020 Brasília – DF – Tel.: +55 61 3426 0202
www.apexbrasil.com.br

Brasil Export – Guia de Comércio Exterior e Investimento
www.investexportbrasil.gov.br

Consulate General of Brazil in Geneva
45, rue de Lausanne – 1er étage
CH – 1201 Genève
Tel.: +41 22 906 9420
E-mail: [email protected]
genebra.itamaraty.gov.br
Susan Kleebank – General Consul

General Consulate of Brazil in Zurich
Stampfenbachstrasse 138
CH – 8006 Zürich
Tel.: +41 44 206 9020
E-mail: [email protected]
zurique.itamaraty.gov.br
Alexandre Ruben Milito Gueiros – Cônsul-Geral

Consulate General of Switzerland in Sao Paulo
Avenida Paulista, 1754 – 4° andar
01310-200 São Paulo – SP
Tel.: +55 11 3372 8200
E-mail: [email protected]
www.eda.admin.ch/saopaulo
Urs Brönnimann – General Consul

Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland – Latcam
Kasernenstrasse 11
CH – 8004 Zürich
Tel.: +41 44 240 3300
E-mail: [email protected]
www.latcam.ch

Switzerland Global Enterprise
Stampfenbachstrasse 85
8006 Zürich
Tel.: +41 44 365 5151
www.s-ge.com

Rede Nacional de Informações sobre o Investimento – RENAI
Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior
Secretaria do Desenvolvimento da Produção – SDP
Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco “J”, 5º andar – Sala 507
70053-900 Brasília – DF
Tel.: +55 61 2027 7055
E-mail: [email protected]
www.investexportbrasil.gov.br/renai