Brazil and The USA Negotiate Quick Avenues for Foreign Trade

The move is considered a step before the formal opening of negotiations for a broader trade agreement between the two countries

Marina Dias Bruno Boghossian
Washington and Brasília

Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo travels to Washington this week to negotiate, among other measures, policies that will ease trade between Brazil and the United States.

The move is considered a step before the formal opening of negotiations for a broader trade agreement between the two countries.

The Brazilian delegation wants to set the date of a visit by Donald Trump to Brazil to officially announce the beginning of these negotiations.

Araújo arrives on Wednesday (11) in the US and should discuss with members of the US government measures to simplify import and export processes, reducing bureaucracies and costs in product transit.

Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo gestures during a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

Among the proposals is the creation of a system that would facilitate the entry of goods from companies pre-approved by both countries.

Thus, products of US origin, for example, would go through a customs clearance protocol before leaving the US, rather than waiting for Revenue release when they arrive in Brazil.

The mechanism - which would work the same for Brazilian items destined for the US - would be based on a kind of prior authorization from companies deemed reliable by departments of both governments.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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