In 2012, China was the main supplier of black beans to Brazil, where production was affected by drought in the southern and north-eastern regions, as was the case with Argentina, another of Brazil’s big suppliers, according to the Brazil-China Business Council (CEBC).

“The country bought beans from China due to large quantities and good quality on offer,” Paulo Vlamir Brandalizze, a partner at Brandalizze Consulting, a consultancy specializing in the agricultural sector, told Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo. The price was also an important factor as bens from Argentina were being sold at least 20 more reals [US$10.06] per sack than those produced in China, with transport included.

In 2012, China sold agricultural and livestock products totaling US$2.3 billion, which was growth of 4.5% against 2011, when year on year growth reached 200%, the CEBC said. China was also Brazil’s main supplier of fish, worth US$111 million, which was more than motorcycles (US$93 million) and cars (US$50 million).

Source: MacauHub Jan 2013

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