Healthcare companies supported by Brazilian Health Devices, and ABIMO’s (Brazilian Association of Medical Devices and Equipment Industry) project, perform better than the national industry as a whole when it comes to exports. In collaboration with APEX-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency), the 160 medtech companies that participate in the project exported together US$ 190 million in 2012 and their main exports partners were USA, Mexico, Peru, Germany, Venezuela. While the Brazilian industry has reduced imports by 14.8% between 2011 and 2013, the healthcare companies that integrate ABIMO’s project increased their exports by 7.1%.
ABIMO and APEX-Brasil renewed their agreement to keep boosting Brazilian medical and dental devices exports. However, the Brazilian Health Devices’ Manager explained that besides boosting the exports, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency seeks an effective process of internationalization for Brazilian healthcare companies, focusing not only on trade expansion, but also in developing the competitiveness of Brazil.