Brazil, by far the largest country in Latin America, sure has a large spot in our LBP hearts. And with good reason; it was the first overseas country from which LBP imported fruit. Well, sure a lot has changed since 1993…
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With its 8.5 million square kilometers Brazil is the fifth country in size in the world after Russia, Canada, USA and China. It even has 2.500 airports, slightly less than the United States. Brazil is a federation of 26 states, all with their own constitution. A federal President governs the country; Jair Bolsonaro is the current one.
Brazil has an economy in which agriculture plays a role but not the most important in economic turnover. It covers 9% of the national GPD although 45% of Brazilian exports are agricultural products and 23% of the Brazilian workforce works in the agricultural sector. The largest agricultural export products of Brazil are sugar, soya and orange juice. When it comes to fresh fruit, Brazil is, after India and China, the third largest producer in the world. The main products are melons, apples, mango, grapes, limes and papaya. Europe is still the largest export market, close to 60%, but Brazil is also flirting with China.
Mangoes, for example, are exported during the whole year. Europe being its largest market. The busiest export period is between November and April during which the Mango is shipped both by sea container and a growing number by air. There is a rapidly rising demand for tree ripened mango coming by air in Europe. Mango is still in the top 3 of products in volume that LBP handles, together with berries, grapes and limes.
Brazil in general - and the agricultural sector in Brazil in particular - has tight strings with The Netherlands. The city of Recife was once named Mauritsstad and reigned by the Dutch. Over thousand farmers in Brazil have a Dutch background. The city of Holambra, close to Sao Paulo, was founded as a Dutch settlement in Brazil. It accounts for 80% of the Brazilian flower exports. It even has the local Holambra Flower Auction, main point of sales for flowers and plants in Brazil….