Brazil Political & Country Risk Rating

Crisis mismanagement marks the return of pre-crisis risks



  • Economic risk

  • Business environment risk

  • Political risk

  • Commercial risk

  • Financing risk

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GDP USD1868.6261bn (World ranking 9, World Bank 2018)
Population 209.47mn (World ranking 6, World Bank 2018)
Form of state Federal Republic
Head of government Jair Bolsonaro (President, far-right)
Next elections 2022, presidential and legislative
  • Important role on an international and regional scale
  • Diversified economy
  • Growing middle class
  • Robust foreign direct investment inflows, high level of foreign exchange reserves and low external debt
  • Support for IFIs likely if needed
  • Vulnerable to global commodity prices
  • High production costs
  • High taxation and red tape ("Brazil cost")
  • Large fiscal deficits and increasing public debt
  • Political and social tensions on the back of corruption and high income inequality

Trade structure by destination/origin

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
China 21%
18% China
United States 13%
17% United States
Argentina 7%
7% Germany
Germany 4%
6% Argentina
Japan 3%
3% France

Trade structure by product

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits 11%
8% Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials
Metalliferous ores and metal scrap 10%
7% Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, n.e.s.
Meat and meat preparations 8%
7% Road vehicles
Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials 6%
6% Other industrial machinery and parts
Road vehicles 6%
6% Organic chemicals
The payment behavior of domestic companies is acceptable, though standard payment terms are very varied and DSO remains high.

  • Low

  • Medium

  • Sensitive

  • High

  • Payments

  • Court proceedings

  • Insolvency proceedings

Given the length and cost of legal actions in Brazil, chances of obtaining enforceable judgments in a timely manner are low and it is preferable to consider amicable arrangements and specialist debt collection methods as a means to avoid domestic courts.

When it comes to insolvent debtors, use of the company rescue mechanisms is increasing; in practice, however, the chances of recovering debt remain extremely low.

Contact Euler Hermes

Economic Research Team

Contact Georges Dib

Economist for Latin America, Spain and Portugal

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