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Top 5 Exports: Brazil


Iron ore, crude oil, soybeans, sugar, and poultry top the list of Brazil's biggest exports.

Recently profiled by The Motely Fool, Cosan Limited (CZZ) is a key, vertically-integrated player in the Brazilian sugar and ethanol industry.

In 1975, the Brazilian government founded Proálcool, the country's national ethanol program, which helped launch Brazil's presence in the ethanol sector. Ethanol production is now privatized in Brazil, and in 2011 Brazil produced 25% of the world's ethanol used in fuel. The Brazilian ethanol industry possesses striking similarities to the United States' corn ethanol industry. For over 30 years, the Brazilian government has required fuel to be blended with at least 20% ethanol.


Poultry exports from Brazil totaled $7.2 billion in 2011, with the largest share of chicken parts traveling to Saudi Arabia, followed by Japan, and then China. Brazil accounts for 38% of the world's chicken exports, according to the industry's official organization Brazilian Chicken's website, and it has consistently beat out the US as the world's leading chicken exporter since 2004. The website boasts that Brazilian-bred chickens can be found on consumers' dinner tables in over 150 countries.
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