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Overview of the Construction and Mining Industry in Brazil and How to Buy Equipment

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Brazil is the 5th largest country worldwide and the largest in South America. It shares a coastline with the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Brazil has a population of 211 million.
  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Official Languages: Portuguese
  • Total Area: 8.516 million km²
  • Currency: Brazilian real (R$)


Economic Statistics of Brazil

Brazil is ranked as the 143rd freest economy in the world. As of 2019, the South American country had a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 1.84 trillion USD.

Economic Sector Divide

The 2019 GDP by sector is:

  • Agriculture: 4.44%
  • Industry: 17.92%
  • Services: 63.25%

Trade Statistics

Here are the top 5 import-export partners of Brazil

Major Import Partners

  • The United States 16.5%
  • European Union 21.2%.
  • Argentina: 6.2%
  • China: 18.1%
  • South Korea: 3.4%

Main Export Partners

  • China: 21.8%
  • European Union: 21.2%
  • The United States: 12.3%
  • Argentina: 8%
  • Japan: 2.4%

Industries of Brazil

Mining Industry of Brazil

Canada has one of the largest mining industries in the world, with the production of over 60 minerals. The most prominent are potash, uranium, diamond, aluminum, and nickel.

Brazil is one of the most mineral-rich countries in the world. The iron reserves rank the 2nd, bauxite the 4th, and gold the 6th among 72 other mineral deposits. The industry generated almost $40 billion in 2019 and employed over 195 thousand jobs.

In 2018, the mining and metallurgy sector contributed 2.44% to the GDP. The mining market has over 8,870 companies, but 80% of the revenue is generated by Vale – the 4rth largest mining company in the world.

Given the massive statistical advantage in mineral reserves and thousands of mining companies operating in the country, it’s a great market for mining equipment import. That is why Camamach has stocked top-quality equipment at affordable rates.

Construction Industry of Brazil

The Brazilian construction industry accounted for 7.41% of the GDP in 2018 – more than 60% contribution in the industrial GDP from construction projects. It also showed positive stats in 2019 and for the following years. The country has large cities in all the region, making the construction industry is a key contributor to the GDP.

Forecasts have suggested a 14% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2024. The infrastructural development in the residential and commercial construction industry also showed increasing growth rates.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of Brazil

Brazil shares the border with the Atlantic ocean, making it accessible through both land and the sea. The major seaports are:

  • Santos Port
  • Port of Santarém
  • Port of Paranaguá
  • Port of Vitória
  • Port of Salvador


For importing equipment, Camamach uses the major port of Santos.

What heavy machinery or equipment does Brazil Import?

Machinery is the most imported good in Brazil. Given the significance of the mining and construction industry, the import market is hot most of the time. Some of the imported machinery and equipment include Concrete Batching Plants, Grinding Equipment, Mobile Jaw Crusher, etc.

What regulations are there on importing equipment to Brazil ?

Here’s what you’ll need for importing equipment in Brazil:


Importers are required to register with the Foreign Trade Secretariat (SECEX) of the Ministry of Economy. The companies need a RADAR license that gives access to Brazilian Integrated Foreign Trade System (SISCOMEX), a government trade documentation system.

Custom Clearance Documentation

The standard documentation for customs clearance includes incoterms, the commercial invoice, certificate of origin, bill of lading and cargo manifest, import declaration, and proof of import.

Import Duties

Foreign imported goods are subjected to import duties under the Brazilian Taxation law. You can check the taxation rates and import duties on trade and tariffs on the government website.

Why should Brazil import equipment?

  • Availability: The competitive domestic market can face equipment availability issues. On the other hand, international suppliers are fully stocked.
  • High Equipment Cost: International suppliers often provide cheaper equipment than domestic manufacturers.
  • Equipment Quality: International suppliers consider both short-term and long-term usage of the machiner and provide several other benefits.

Where Can I Buy Equipment for Brazil?

Camamach has vast experience importing equipment in Brazil. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation. We also ship worldwide; for other countries, check out our experience here.