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The first British-Consulate General in Brazil was opened in downtown São Paulo in 1966, long after the beginning of UK-Brazil relations (1808).

In 1968, Brazilians received the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who announced the launch of the first British Industry Fair in Brazil. The event took place in Ibirapuera Park and was a huge success.

In those days the city of São Paulo was building Brazil's first underground line. The announcement of the purchase of the trains from a British company was a success for the British diplomacy. 

The Consulate operated at two different addresses on the Avenida Paulista, the most famous business, culture and leisure avenue in the city. Between 1967 and 1995, it was located on the corner with Rua Frei Caneca (Av. Paulista no 1938) and between 1995 and 2000 at the blue glass building behind Casa das Rosas (Av. Paulista no 37).

In 2000, the Consulate moved to the Brazilian British Centre - CBB, at Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 741, Pinheiros.  The CBB was built by the Cultura Inglesa São Paulo to bring together, under one roof, all the organisations and activities related to culture, education, leisure and trade between Brazil and the United Kingdom.

In the last 10 years, the Consulate has galvanised trading relations between Brazil and United Kingdom. We renewed our operations,  increased our team and developed a wide network of contacts in Brazil and abroad.

Many visitors from the British Government and Royal Family representatives have been to São Paulo to promote cooperation agreements, social projects and commercial partnerships. In 2007 alone, there were six high-level visitors: Prince Andrew (the Duke of York), Princess Anne, Lord Mayor John Stuttard, Lord Peter Levene (president of Lloyd's of London), Martin Broughton (president of the CBI - Confederation of British Industry and president of British Airways) and Andrew Cahn, CEO of UK Trade and Investment.

Martin Raven has been the Consul-General and Director for Trade & Investment since 2006. Check who his predecessors were.

Other diplomatic posts in Brazil

Currently, in addition to the British Embassy in Brasília and the consulates- general in Rio de Janeiro  and São Paulo, the UK has a further 12 offices in 12 cities, of which 8 are home to commercial offices and honorary consulates together and 3 have honorary roles only. Find out which British Honorary Consulates and Commercial Offices in Brazil are nearest you.

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