Arab Chamber encourages exports from Maranhão

10 de novembro de 2017

São Paulo – The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce organized a meeting with business owners from the livestock sector this Thursday (9) in São Luís, Maranhão, to encourage regional exports of live cattle and frozen beef to Arab countries.

The state is the Northeast’s second largest livestock producer, with nearly 7 million head of cattle, trailing only Bahia. In the meeting, a proposal for the creation of an exporting company of live cattle based in Maranhão was presented, since currently this type of operation is done by neighboring states.

The Arab Chamber’s special projects advisor, Tamer Mansour, took part in the meeting and spoke about business opportunities between Brazil and the Arab countries. “The Middle East is one of the largest importers of live cattle and beef from Brazil and this is a growing market,” he explained.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of the Maranhense Port Management Company (EMAP), which manages the Itaqui port, in São Luís. The port’s president, Ted Lago, attended the event and said that he plans to turn the place into an exporting hub from the region to the Middle East.

Nearby states such as Mato Grosso, Goiás, Tocantins and Pará also would benefit from the initiative by the Itaqui port, which has a prime location, as it is the nearest Brazilian terminal from an Arab country – Mauritania, in North Africa. Besides, the terminal has cold storage and container terminals, which would facilitate the transportation of meats and fruits.

Mansour took the opportunity to invite business owners and authorities to attend the next Economic Forum Brazil-Arab Countries, which is being organized by the Arab Chamber and will take place in São Paulo early in 2018.

Mansour also said that the Itaqui port showed an interest in striking a partnership with the event and that Ted Lago announced a mission by the state’s government and business owners to the Middle East in February of next year.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani