Survey reveals major challenges to the competitiveness of Brazilian exports in 2018
The survey “Desafios à Competitividade das Exportações Brasileiras de 2018” [Challenges to the Competitiveness of Brazilian Exports in 2018] found that high fees at the country’s ports and airports are the main issue faced by Brazilian export companies, with 51.8% of them considering that this factor “critically affected” (5) or “significantly affected” (4) their competitiveness in exports, on a scale from one to five. The study, which was coordinated by professors Juliana Bonomi Santos and Alexandre Pignanelli from FGV’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP), is the result of a partnership between the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chain (FGVcelog) and the Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI), and gathered data from 589 export companies to present a full x-ray of the issues businesses face to market goods and services abroad.
This is the second round of the survey; the first was held in 2016 also under a partnership between FGV and CNI. Both measure the criticality level of the barriers that affect the competitiveness of Brazilian exports. Their main goal is to provide information to mobilize improvement strategies and influence public policies aimed at overcoming those challenges, thus contributing to the increased presence of Brazilian products in world trade, improving the balance of trade and growth of the Brazilian economy.
In addition to the high fees, the survey identifies three other critical barriers when it comes to exporting: difficulties in offering competitive prices, high fees charged by consenting agencies and high costs of domestic transport. The list of major issues also includes low government effectiveness to overcome internal barriers to exports and the high cost of international transport.
The researchers have developed an interactive website with the full results of the survey, showing the information on barriers of several natures – macroeconomic, institutional and legal, bureaucratic, and customs; access to external markets; taxes; market-related and business promotion; logistics; and internal to companies. Through filters and layering, you can also see how each one affects businesses according to their size (large, medium or small and micro) and the region where they operate.
Go to the website to read the complete study.