South America – Trade Associations

Directory Business, Industry and Trade Associations

UNASUR – Union of South American Nations / Unión de Naciones Suramericanas

The Union of South American Nations is an intergovernmental union integrating two existing customs unions: Mercosur and the Andean Community of Nations, as part of a continuing process of South American integration. It is modelled on the European Union.
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South America

LATIA – Latin American trade & investissement association
The Latin American Trade & Investment Association (LATIA) is an independent non-profit making organisation established in 2010. The members of the Association are the Trade and Investment agencies and Embassy commercial offices from 19 Latin American Countries.
LATIA is a platform where members complement each other’s efforts by coordinating and promoting Latin America’s economic sector, aiming to attract foreign direct investment, to boost exports and to promote the internationalization of Latin-American companies.


FADIT – The Argentina Federation of Textile Industries
since its founding in 1932, the Argentina Federation of Textile Industries has continuously been serving the interests of the textile industry.
Fita gathers spinning of natural and man-made fibers; weaving of aforementioned yarn, many of which have in turn facilities and technology for textile finishing; Companies specializing in the production of textiles for technical purposes geotextiles, wadding manufacturers and nonwovens; weaving mills and garment manufacturers of home textiles, knitted etc.


ABIT – Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association
The Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association (Abit), founded in 1957*, is one of the most important entities among the economic sectors of the Country It represents a production force of 30,000 companies located throughout the national territory, companies of all sizes that employ over 1.7 million workers and together generate an annual revenue of R$57.6 billion (2012 data).
The Brazilian Textile and Apparel Sector stands out in the world scenario not only thanks to its professionalism, creativity and technology, but also by the size of its textile facilities: it is the fifth largest textile and the fourth clothing industry in the world, the second largest denim producer, and the third in knitwear production. Self-sufficient in cotton production, Brazil produces 7 billion garments per year, being a worldwide reference in beachwear, jeanswear, and homewear. Other segments are also gaining international market share such as our womenswear, menswear, children’s wear, fitness, and underwear.