SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — The Brazilian plastics industry wants to double its exports within three years.
The plan is spearheaded by the local molders association, Abiplast, and was presented to Jose Botafogo Goncalves, the executive secretary at Brazil's Foreign Trade Chamber of Commerce, during Brasilplast, held March 8-13 in Sao Paulo.
The plan calls for exports of plastic manufactured goods valued at $985 million in 2002, up from an average of $492.5 million for the past two years.
``We want to take advantage of the government's political willingness to stimulate exports and create an export model for plastics manufactured goods,'' said Abiplast Vice President Celso Gusso.
Gusso said Abiplast's plan is based on policies adopted in other countries. It calls for lower taxes on raw materials intended for export products, a tax exemption on purchases of equipment not produced in Brazil or that add efficiency to the production chain, lines of credit for marketing Brazilian plastics goods abroad, and competitive lines of credit for investing in the plastics industrial sector.
``Some of these incentives already exist, yet access to them is not automatic. Such is the case with the tax reduction for raw materials, which is so bureaucratic that makes it unfeasible,'' Gusso said.
Brazil's chemical industry association, Abiquim, also is working to expand resin exports. It just launched an electronic business catalog that contains data on roughly 1,500 chemical products made in Brazil and their respective producers, including addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mails.
The free information can be accessed on the Internet at www.brazchemicals.org.br.