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Egyptians Turn to Brazil in Search of Beef

26 March 2009

BRAZIL - Brazilian beef is attracting a lot of interest from Egyptian importers at the Cairo International Fair.

On Tuesday, Egyptian businessmen continued seeking business opportunities at the Brazilian stand at Cairo International Fair. "We were visited by a great importer of beef interested in information about how to make contact with Brazilian exporters of the product," said the foreign trade assistant at the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Hans Lazarte Lima.

He explained that Zaky Ibrahim, a representative of a great company that already imports large volumes of meat from countries like India and the Untied States, also hopes to be able to buy from Brazil. "He asked me to send him a list of Brazilian exporters of beef," said Lima. He should get in contact with Brazilian companies in the sector so that they may hear about Ibrahim's compnay's interest.

Zaky Ibrahim explained that his company plans to import at least one tonne of Brazilian beef per month. "Our company wants to replace imports of buffalo meat from India for imports of Brazilian beef," he said.

According to Ibrahim, his company hopes to buy Brazilian beef as it already has good acceptance on the Egyptian market and offers the adequate requirements, in terms of quality and price, for the needs of local consumers.

But Egyptian businessmen are not only interested in importing Brazilian products. Many sought the stand targeting the Brazilian market with their products. This is the case with Ahmed Hassan, who plans to export Egyptian ceramics to Brazil.

"There is certainly a good chance, as in Brazil we mainly tend to import ceramics from Europe. And Egyptian ceramics, which have good reputation, could compete with the European product in terms of prices," said Lima, adding that he should supply the Egyptian exporter with contacts of Brazilian companies that may be interested in the purchase of ceramics for facing.

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