Minas Gerais and the World


Trade Flows 

Minas Gerais is the 2nd the largest exporter among Brazilian states and the 6th largest importer.  There are strong opportunities to increase Minas Gerais  international trade flows,  as it is still a fairly closed economy.

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Trade Flows

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Learn more:

Banco Central do Brasil / Brazil Central Bank

Fundação João Pinheiro (FJP) / João Pinheiro Foundation

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) / Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics

Agência de Promoção de Investimento e Comércio Exterior de Minas Gerais (INDI) / Minas Gerais Investment and Trade Promotion Agency

Ministério da Indústria, Comércio Exterior e Serviços (MDIC) / Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC)


Foreign Representations

Minas Gerais counts on Chambers of Commerce with strong performance and has significant growth of consular representations.

Noteworthy is the work of the consular corps present in Minas Gerais. There are about 40 countries represented by diplomatic corps or honorary representatives.

The complete list and contacts you can find at: www.corpoconsular.com.br

The Chambers of Commerce present in Minas Gerais provide relevant services to their associates, creating a favorable environment for local companies as well as companies from their respective countries to conduct business.

They support companies in business prospecting, in secure identification of partners, in supporting of foreign trade. They promote relevant institutional actions and integration among cultures, and other outstanding actions, too.

Learn more about the chambers of commerce established in Minas Gerais:


Belo Horizonte/American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil

16 years of operation in Belo Horizonte.

Amcham leads actions of global insertion and training of local entrepreneurs.

2In Belo Horizonte, 400 companies make up the regional framework of AMCHAM Brazil – which has a history of 98 years and is present in 14 cities and is the largest of the 104 American Chambers in the world.

Amcham can be described in three words: networking (of great quality), content (privileged) and advocacy (with pragmatism).

In 2017, Amcham promoted several missions to the United States, with a special focus on Innovation. Also noteworthy is the publication of important manuals – which are the “How To” guides available free of charge on Amcham’s website for companies that want to invest in Brazil or in the US.

Some North American companies with operations in the region:

Accenture Automation & Industrial Solutions , AIG,  Alcoa Aluminio S/A,  American Airlines , AMG Mineração S.A., Astec Industries, Black & Decker, Bunge Fertilizantes S.A, Cargill, Caterpillar, Chubb Seguros, Citibank, Tyson Foods, Delphi Automotive Systems, Du Pont, EY, Esco Corporation, GE Energy Management – Industrial Solutions, GE Healthcare, GE Power Conversion, GE Transportation, Google, IBM, Jabil Circuit, Lear Corporation, Liberty Seguros, Monsanto, Microsoft, Oracle, Pepsico, Elma Chips, White Martins Gases Industriais, Progress Rail Services (Caterpillar Company), MGE, Railtex, St. Jude Medical, Terex Corporation, Wal-Mart.


+55 31 2126 9750


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Chinese Chamber of Commerce

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Brazil (CCB) is a non-profit institution, formally recognized by the Brazilian Government and the Chinese Government, with offices in Brazil (Belo Horizonte) and China (Shanghai).

It has several partnerships with Chinese institutions and companies as the official representation of the Guangzhou Fair in Brazil and partnership with the Xiamen Investment Fair (CIFIT – China International Fair for Investment and Trade).

This Chamber promotes semiannual events for the presentation of Chinese opportunities and conjuncture, dissemination of the Business Missions and CCB partners.

Some Chinese-owned companies with headquarters in Minas:

Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG); CITIC Group; Hangzhou Cogeneration Import and Export Company Limited.


 +55 (31) 3262-2801



India Chamber of Commerce – Brazil

The India Brazil Chamber of Commerce (CCIB) was founded in 2003 and is located in the same building as the Consulate of India in Minas Gerais. Besides the base office in Belo Horizonte, it also has offices in Rio de Janeiro and New Delhi.

The Chamber has Cooperation Agreements with organizations such as the Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) and the Trade Promotion Council (TPCI) in India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), which are important for the feasibility of business.

Bilateral relations between Brazil and India began in 1948, soon after the independence of India besides the similarities and affinities paving the 70 years of friendship.

The India and Brazil agenda – encompassing economic growth, technological progress and sustainable development – is reflected in important international forums such as BRICS, G4, G20, BASIC, IBAS and also institutions such as UN – UNESCO, WTO and IMF – and Brazil is considered India’s main economic partner in Latin America.

Bilateral diplomatic visits provide a boost to the continued growth of the strategic relationship whose most recent direct encounters took place in 2016, when President Michel Temer met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa at the VIII BRICS Summit to discuss issues of including UNSC reforms, agriculture, energy, science and technology, pharmaceuticals, climate change, counter-terrorism and cyber security. From that meeting, three Memoranda of Understanding and an Agreement on the Cooperation and Facilitation of Investment Treaty were signed.

Currently, India’s investments in Minas Gerais are mainly in the sectors of information technology, mining, steel industry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

In Brazil, there are well-known Indian companies such as ONGC, Videocon, TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Cadilla, Mahindra, L & T, Renuka Sugars, United Phosphorus, Polaris, ArcelorMittal, Aditya Birla.

Brazilian companies in India include Marco Polo, Vale, Stefanini, Gerdau, ZetraSoft/SalaryFits.

Some companies from India operating in Minas Gerais:

ACG, Arcelor Mittal, Infosys, Gempact, Novelis do Brasil (Hindalco Industries), Sai Udyog Ltd.


+55 31 3055-3836



Brazil-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Minas Gerais – CAMBICI

The Brazil Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded more than 50 years ago.

Our values are entrepreneurship, innovation, free enterprise and democracy – which today underpin the Jewish concept of “Tikun Olam” in Hebrew, which means to contribute to transforming the world into a better place.

The Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and Israel, signed on 28 April 2010, removed barriers to trade in products and facilitated their growth and diversification. In addition, it strengthened cooperation in the areas of technology and R & D, and promoted cultural, political and social exchange.

In August 2016, CAMBICI of Minas Gerais was inaugurated to develop a deeper relationship with Israel and create business opportunities with the State of Minas Gerais in areas of mutual interest, such as water management, agriculture, startups, health, education, clean energy, security, among others.

Israel is a major importer of products, with high income per capita population, offering great opportunities for exports of state local companies.

Israel is also a strategic partner for the State of Minas Gerais in its quest to transform base exports into a new model of value-added products and services, as it can benefit from the technology developed in Israel for the most diverse industry sectors.

CAMBICI launched the  2nd. Edition  of “Doing Business Brasil Israel“.




Lebanon/Brazilian Chamber of Commerce of Minas Gerais

The Lebanon-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce of Minas Gerais was constituted on November 21, 2005, at ACMinas (Commercial and Business Association of Minas Gerais).

The Lebanese In Minas Gerais

In the state of Minas Gerais, there are approximately 2 million Lebanese and descendants.

Notably the Lebanese community always gathered in Belo Horizonte especially in the LEBANESE CLUB OF BELO HORIZONTE, which with capacity for 1,100 members was founded on November 24, 1947.

The Lebanese and their descendants strongly influenced the economy of Minas Gerais, whether it is trade, industry or service, generating employment and income. They are born entrepreneurs. In particular, in the sectors of car rental, parking, supermarkets, construction, textiles and clothing, among others.


+ 55 31 3427 9311


CCIABM – Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture Brazil/Mozambique

CCIABM (Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture Brazil/Mozambique) is a non-profit association founded in March 2008. It has its operational headquarters in Nova Lima (MG), as well as an office in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. throughout Brazil.

Mozambique and Brazil

Mozambique is a Portuguese-speaking country located in the African continent, with an approximate population of 28.8 million people and a GDP of US$ 11 billion (2016). Mozambique has a significant economic development, with a growing GDP at an average rate of 5 % the year.

Brazil and Mozambique relationship are increasing year by year and many brazilian companies are investing there.


+55 31 3262-2801

E-mail: contato@cciabm.com


Founded 115 years ago and bringing together more than 900 associates, among French and Brazilian companies, representing the most diverse sectors, CCFB has regional offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais e Paraná.
The CCFB acts as an interlocutor for several French agencies in the business world, including: Assemblée des Chambres Françaises de Commerce et d’Industrie (ACFCI), Union des Chambres de Commerce Françaises à l’Etranger (UCCIFE), Conseil National du Patronat Français (CNPF). The CCFB is also a partner of all the French regional chambers, in France and in the world, totaling 113 chambers in 83 countries. It also includes the Council of Chambers of Commerce of the European Union, favoring a cohesive action of European entrepreneurship in Brazil.

Minas Gerais has attracted French investors because of its location, available areas, relevant market, for the level of the universities and also for the quality of the welcome.
France has a strong and diversified economic presence in the State, with investments in strategic areas such as heavy industry, aeronautics, food and energy – and works to further this presence.
Examples of French companies operating in Minas Gerais: Aperam, Arcelor-Mittal, Danone, GDF-Suez (Tractebel/Leme Engenharia) Helibras (Airbus Helicopters), Lafarge-Holcim, SaintGobain, Skema Business School, Snef, Systra, Vallourec, Vinci.

Contact: +55 (31) 3213-1576




Italian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Minas Gerais

Founded in 1995, the Italian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Minas Gerais was officially recognized by the Italian government in 1998.

The Chamber is a member of Assocamerestero, a collaboration network composed of 80 Italian chambers, distributed in 55 countries, with more than 25,000 members. In addition, it is part of the Eurochamber of Minas Gerais, remaining in the presidency for the biennium 2016-2017.

In 2017, the Italian-Brazilian Chamber of MG will organize business missions to the largest and most important Italian fairs, highlighting:

  • VicenzaOro (international jewelry fair);
  • Sigep (International Ice Cream, Pastry and Artisan Bakery Show);
  • Mecspe (transformation industry sector show);
  • Marmomacc (marbles, technology, design and processes in ornamental stones sector fair);
  • Host (hotel, restaurant and café sector);
  • Merchant in Fiera (international exhibition of antiquities, collectables and objects of contemporary decoration)
  • Mac Frut (Fruit and Vegetal Professional Show);
  • Ecomondo (environment sector);
  • RemTech Expo (recovery of contaminated areas and territorial requalification sector) and
  • Vinitaly – (wine and beverage sector), among others.

Among the projects developed in 2017, the quality seal “Ospitalità Italiana – Ristoranti Italiani nel Mondo” will continue to be awarded to the typically Italian restaurants in Minas Gerais. The project, organized worldwide by Uniocamere (Union of Italian Chambers of Commerce around the World) and supervised by Isnart (Italian Institute for Tourism Research), with the support of the Ministries of Tourism and Economic Development and International Relations of Italy, certifies the excellence of typically Italian restaurants in the world. In Minas Gerais territory, the Chamber is responsible for certifying establishments that care for the quality of Italian cuisine, gathering information, photos and testimonies, which are rigorously evaluated by the competent institutions in Italy.

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Some Italian-owned companies operating in Minas Gerais:

Adler,Aethra, Almaviva do Brasil, Ask do Brasil, CNH Industrial (Case New Holland Construction, FPT, IVECO), Comau, Fassa Bortolo, FCA Group (Fiat Automóveis, Fides), Ferrero, Grupo Rima, Grupo Sada, Ibiritermo, Magneti Marelli, Marangoni, OMR Componentes, Proma do Brasil,  Sara Group, Segafredo Zanetti, Simpro, Stevanato Group, Streparava, Teksid, Ternium, Tiberina, Ventana Serra,  Villa Nova do Brasil.


Telephone.: +55 (31) 3287-2211

E-mail: info@italiabrasil.com.br


Portuguese Chamber

Minas Gerais and Portugal: New Opportunities to generate business

The Portuguese Chamber of Minas Gerais, founded in 1996, carries out a growing and preponderant role in the narrowing of bilateral economic relations.

The common elements that bring the two countries closer together, especially the language, culture and history, clearly favor the achievement of new business and the generation of promising opportunities.

Since 2008, relations between Portugal and Minas Gerais have benefited greatly from the establishment of direct flights by TAP from Lisbon to Belo Horizonte. This flight not only contributed to the increase in the number of foreign tourists and business between Minas Gerais and Europe, but also in the commercial relations between the state of Minas Gerais and Portugal.

Some Portuguese-owned companies operating in Minas Gerais:

EMPA (Teixeira Duarte Group); Construtora Brasil (Mota-Engil Group); ISQ Brasil; TAP Portugal; SABSEG (Minas Corretora de Seguros);


+55 31 3213-1557