Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.


Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world; in terms of population as well as land area. Brazil’s economy is the largest in South America and is expanding its presence in world markets (2;3).

The Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous attractions in Brazil. It attracts thousands of tourists yearly, but it is also a tradition for Brazilians who often spend the year prior to the Carnival preparing for it (3).

Brazil’s natural resources include bauxite, gold, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, platinum, tin, uranium, petroleum, hydropower, timber, aluminum, manganese, copper and coal (1;3). Brazil economy is structured as followed (in % of GDP):  agriculture 5.5%, industry 26.4%, and services 68.1% (2013) (1).

Brazil’s agriculture products include coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus; beef (1); and its industries include textiles, shoes, chemicals, cement, lumber, iron ore, tin, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, other machinery and equipment (1).

Brazil’s top exports commodities include transport equipment, iron ore, soybeans, footwear, coffee, autos, wheat, rice, corn, cocoa, beef, citrus and sugarcane (3;4).
Brazil’s top imports commodities include machinery, electrical and transport equipment, chemical products, oil, automotive parts, electronics (4).

Brazil’s main ports and terminals are Ilha Grande, Paranagua, Rio Grande, Santos, Sao Sebastiao, Tubarao, Santos and Itajai (4).

Trade Statistics
Brazil was the United States' 9th largest goods trading partner with $72 billion in total goods trade during 2013. In 2013, Brazil was the United States' 7th largest goods export market and 16th largest supplier of goods imports (5;7). In 2012, United-States was Brazil’s 2nd main export partner (13).
Florida’s top exports to Brazil: Civilian Aircraft, Engines, And Parts, Electronic Integrated Circuits & Microassembl, Electric Apparatus For Line Telephony, Automatic Data Process Machines, Magnetic Readers, Medical, Surgical, Dental Or Vet Instruments, Medicaments Nesoi. Florida’s top imports from Brazil: Expts of Artic Imptd For Repairs, Impts Of Artic Exptd Returned, Ethyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Denat , Aircraft, Powered, Spacecraft & Launch Vehicles, Chemical Wood pulp, Soda, Coffee, Fruit Juices (6).
Brazil owns one company in Tampa Bay: Gerdau Long Steel North America (10). 
On October 25, 2013, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Porto Alegre Mayor Fortunati signed the new Sister City agreement between the cities of Tampa and Porto Alegre (8). 

Trade Numbers
  • United States’ goods and private services trade with Brazil in 2012: $107 billion (5)
  • United States’ goods and services import from Brazil in 2012: $39 billion (5)
  • United States’ goods and services export to Brazil in 2012: $68 billion (5)
  • United States’ goods import from Brazil in 2013: $27.6 billion - (a 14.2% decrease ($4.6 billion) from 2012) (5)
  • United States’ goods exports to Brazil in 2013: $44.1 billion - (up 0.7% ($310 million) from 2012) (5)
  • Florida’s merchandise exports to Brazil in 2013: 16,219.3 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Florida’s merchandise imports from Brazil in 2013:  4,302.3 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and Brazil in 2013: 20,521.6 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Imports from Brazil to Tampa Port Authority in 2010: $40,296,089 (12)
  • Exports from Tampa Port Authority to Brazil in 2010: $266,824,224 (12)

Export Companies (9;10;11)
One Brazilian Company in Tampa Bay: Gerdau Long Steel North America
NAICS Titles: Iron & Steel Mills
Business: Steel production and recycling
Number of Employees at the headquarters location: 1 000 to 5 000
Address: 4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 600, Tampa, FL 33607
Number: (813) 286-8383
Website: http://www.gerdau.com/longsteel/

  1. http://www.infoplease.com/country/brazil.html?pageno=10
  2. http://worldfacts.us/Brazil.htm
  3. http://geography.about.com/od/brazilmaps/a/brazilfacts.htm
  4. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/br.html
  5. http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/brazil
  6. http://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/profile-fl-top-trade-partners-brazil.pdf
  7. http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/top/top1312yr.html
  8. http://www.tampagov.net/appl_tampa_announcements/ViewRelease.asp?ReleaseID=10753
  9. http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2008/reports/local-companies/GNA.shtml
  10. http://partnership.tampabay.org/documents/2011%20FDI%20STUDY.pdf
  11. http://www.tampabay.org/sites/default/files/NEW%202011%20FDI%20STUDY_0.pdf
  12. http://www.worldportsource.com/trade/byPort/BRA/USA_FL_Tampa_Port_Authority_96.php
  13. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2050.html