EU-Mercosur - a boost for jobs and exports in Portugal

Businesses of all sizes in towns and cities across Portugal already export a wide range of goods and services to Mercosur.

The EU-Mercosur trade agreement will make it easier and cheaper for them to do so.


Companies and jobs

1,786 The number of Portuguese companies that export to Mercosur.

87% The share of Portuguese companies exporting to Mercosur that are small and medium-sized enterprises.

40,000 The number of jobs in Portugal that EU exports to Mercosur help support.

855,000 The number of jobs in the EU that EU exports to Mercosur help support.


Exports and Imports

Portugal and Mercosur already have a close trading relationship. The EU-Mercosur trade agreement will give it a big boost.

3rd Mercosur is Portugal's 3rd biggest trade partner outside the EU.

€ 2.5bn The value of Portuguese exports to Mercosur.

€ 2bn The value of Portuguese imports from Mercosur.


EU trade agreements benefit companies and communities

  • Companies: Statistics on international trade in goods by enterprise characteristics, Eurostat, 2016 (latest available year). Statistics on firms exporting to Argentina and Brazil, which account for 95% of exports to MERCOSUR countries
  • Jobs: WIOD database, 2011. The jobs figures are underestimates as they refer only to EU exports to Brazil. Estimates for all Mercosur countries are not available.
  • Exports and Imports: Eurostat. Goods and services figures based on latest available data (2017).
    Trade partner ranking is based on goods only.