Brazilian Beef Exporters Association - ABIEC is today one of the main examples of the importance and strength of associations in the global context. Founded in 1979, from a need for exporters of beef to become more performance focused and more aggressive in defending their particular interests, the ABIEC became the main representative of industry in the areas of international trade regulations, health requirements and open markets.
In 1979 Brazil's participation in the global beef market was still nascent, marked by a series of requirements and protectionism. The creation of ABIEC was a milestone for the industry and the Brazilian economy, since the institution has given voice to its members and facilitated the dialogue with national governments, other international organizations and class.
Besides defending the interests of members and stimulating technical development, professional and social from enterprises, ABIEC has worked with state and federal governments in implementing health programs (public and animal health) through technical committees.
Brazil has health agreements with several countries and at the same time the production sector and ABIEC accelerated its professionalism, seeking new markets successfully.
In partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency - ApexBrasil (Apex-Brasil), ABIEC and its associates have participated in international fairs, such as SIAL in Paris (France); Sial China in Shanghai (China), Prodexpo in Moscow (Russia), Gulfood in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Anuga in Cologne (Germany), as well as workshops in partnership with Brazilian embassies around the world and to receive authorities and opinion leaders who visit the meat production chain in order to promote Brazilian products abroad.
All partnerships require effort and dedication. To perform all the steps, the results are positive and the achievements a reality. About ten years ago, Brazilian beef was not on the agenda of the issues discussed in international forums. We used to sell just over $ 500 million per year, but today the reality is different. Brazil has been top of the world's largest exporters of beef by volume since 2004, and in 2006 occupied the first place in foreign exchange revenue for the first time. In 2008, Brazil reached US$ 5.3 billion, increasing the value of its exports by tenfold in a period of less than 10 years. Last year the export value was US$ 4.8 million.
It is with this heritage that ABIEC will continue to work and fight to strengthen the image of its associates and the country of Brazil in this demanding world market.