Characterised by its well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service sector, Brazil’s economy is the largest in South America and ranks eighth in the world (by nominal GDP).

In just 35 years, Brazil has developed from a food importer to a major exporter, mostly by improving productivity. Since 1976, based on grain and oilseed production figures, agricultural productivity has increased some 250%. The agriculture sector is responsible for 25% of Brazil’s GDP and employs some 35% of the workforce.

Already one of the word’s biggest soybean exporters, Brazil wants to build on this growth. It has the potential to become a major global food exporter, with increases expected in the livestock/dairy and coffee segments over the medium term. New markets in Asia are driving demand, despite subdued activity in the country’s traditional markets. The sugar cane sector is experiencing low profitability, with uncertainty around biofuels hampering the market.

Recurring weather issues pose a risk to all sectors, and infrastructure bottlenecks have the potential to limit soybean exports.

Established in Brazil in 1938, SGS operates across the agriculture value chain to minimise risk and maximise profitability through inspections, verification, testing and certifications of both crops and operations. Our laboratories are recognised and/or approved by INMETRO, ANVISA, MAPA, GAFTA and FOSFA.

This newsletter provides you with all the SGS contact points to meet your requirements.

Focus on Brazil: Get to know all your SGS contact point (PDF 3 MB).
For further information, please contact:

Alexandre Fontoura
Director Brazil