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Doing business with Latin America: An introduction to Brazil, Mexico, Chile and other exciting markets by Gabriela Castro-Fontoura

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6. Importing from Latin America

Small businesses in the UK should not only look at Latin America for exporting, as it can be a great source of products and services that the UK could import for itself and for other countries. Below is just one case study of an outstanding small business based on imports from Ecuador.

Case study: Pachacuti

Established by the talented Carry Somers in 1992, Pachacuti (which actually means “world upside-down” in Quechua) produces Panama hats in Ecuador (www.pachacuti.co.uk). Pachacuti currently has a staff of seven with a shop in Ashbourne, a mail order department and a wholesale business which supplies 300 retailers around the world and creates private label collections for well-known designer brands.

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