Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry (CNI) on Monday launched a nationwide coalition designed to promote free trade and dismantle tariff and, especially, non-tariff barriers to global trade. The coalition’s aim is to pressure Brazil’s government into a more aggressive stance in international trade negotiations. The coalition is basing its action, in part, on a study by the Getúlio Vargas Foundation showing that a score of non-tariff barriers erected by Brazilian trading partners is hurting Brazilian exports to the tune of more than $30 billion per year. Barriers include quotas, quality-control rules and product standards which, in reality, act as non-tariff barriers to Brazilian exports. Brazilian Minister of Industry, Trade and Services Marcos Jorge attended the kick-off in São Paulo. There, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding on information exchanges with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The Brazilian coalition inaugurated Monday by the CNI includes more than 80 Brazilian business associations with important export interests. The coalition will attack trade bottlenecks and inhibiting policies by Brazil’s government as well as Brazilian trading partners.
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