Even if protectionism brings some short-term gains, Brazil is against it and is instead looking to boost its trade ties across the world, the country’s finance minister told CNBC on Thursday.
“Although we could even benefit from one specific situation what we, for us, for an economy like Brazil, who wants to have more commercial relationship(s) with the rest of the world, protectionism is not something that we like,” Eduardo Guardia, told CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche.
Speaking at the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings 2018 conference in Washington, he added: “Brazil wants to become a more open economy so we have to export more and import more, we have to increase our chain of commerce with the rest of the world, so for us, we think having obstacles or barriers for having free trade is not the best way.”
At a time of rising tensions in global trade, Brazil is confident that free trade is the best path to economic growth despite potentially benefiting from the recently imposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese products.
This is because after the U.S. imposed about $60 billion in tariffs against China, the latter threatened to raise duties on U.S. soya beans. Given that Brazil is a key exporter of soya beans, it could see its exports to China increasing.