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Portuguese firm Science4you exports games that help children and young people learn about science and astronomy to more than 40 countries. The company has its headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal, and has more than 300 employees.
Science4you started off as an academic project in 2008. The toys it develops and produces stimulate learning in children and young people. In 2011, the company won a first prize in the European Commission's Enterprise Awards. In 2016 it had a turnover of €16 million.
Science4you have exported to Brazil since 2010. The current import tariffs in Brazil mean that Science4you's products become much more expensive on the Brazilian market.
They are now hoping that, thanks to an EU-Mercosur trade agreement, they would be able to offer their products at better prices to customers.
The EU-Mercosur could help Science4you by opening up the Mercosur market to its products. The agreement could end customs duties for Science4you's products in Brazil and the other Mercosur states. The agreement could also cut the hassle currently involved in exporting to Mercosur countries - by, for example, simplifying customs procedures.
Our toys have the right balance between quality and price, but they become three times more expensive as soon as they leave Brazilian customs. So we look forward to finding ways to overcome trade barriers. That could also open up the South American market further.