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The EU is negotiating a trade deal with the four founding Mercosur states - Argentina, Brazil Paraguay and Uruguay, as part of a broader Association Agreement between the two regions.

EU firms already export a lot to Mercosur - €42bn in goods in 2016 and €22bn in services in 2015. Mercosur is also a major investor in the EU, with stocks of €115 billion in 2014. EU companies are also major investors in Mercosur and Mercosur companies are increasingly investing in the EU.

But both exporters and potential investors face barriers in Mercosur markets. The goal of the new EU-Mercosur trade deal is to:

  • Remove these barriers and help EU firms – especially smaller ones – to export more
  • Strengthen people's rights at work and environmental protection, encourage companies to act responsibly, and uphold high food safety standards
  • Protect quality EU food and drink products from imitations

The future agreement will represent a win-win for both the EU and Mercosur, creating opportunities for growth and jobs for both sides.


A quick overview of the negotiations


Round reports, EU proposals, impact assessments

Exporters' stories

Discover how the EU-Mercosur trade agreement would help the small firms already exporting around the world.

Mercosur information page

Discover the current trade relations between the EU and Mercosur