Exporting & Importing in Porto & northern Portugal
The PortugalWorks team is led by Charlie Cutler, who is British but has lived in Portugal since 1998 and works for some different export businesses, including Carvalho Custom (a custom cycling & triathlon clothing business), CorkLink (a cork supplier) and PortoEvents (an events organizer for Porto and the surrounding region). PortugalWorks is also a leather and clothing sourcing agent, to give our clients direct access to the very best manufacturers in northern Portugal.
We believe that Portugal is a land of tremendous opportunities, given is low cost base, highly skilled workforce, hunger for economic growth and development, European Union funding opportunities, political stability, first class transport infrastructure, pro-business economic policies and incentives and the great quality of life available for those coming to live here. The trauma of the 2010 bail-out when the country was unable to service its debts turned out to be a turning point in economic policy and Portugal now enjoys a much more pro-business environment that has led to a dramatic growth in exports and a general turnaround of the country’s economic fortunes.
We are a small company that is passionate about releasing Portugal’s potential as an exporter of high quality goods with a culture of Corporate Social Responsibility; Portugal can be an extremely viable alternative to Asian manufacturers, offering premium quality, proximity to European markets and environmental and social responsibility.
Our Latest News
The Portuguese textile sector was worth around €4.9 billion and leather €200 million in 2021 and both have been growing sales over the last decade or so. But these raw numbers do not tell the real story of the changes that have been going on in both sectors. As...read more
Around 80 kms south of Porto is the industrial city of Porto - it is one of the light engineering hubs of Portugal, but above all it is famous for making bicycles. In 2020 Portugal produced 2.6 million bicycles (half a million more than the second largest European...read more
We are launching a new site, HiddenPortugal , which is all about the less discovered corners of Portugal, to help tourists find out more about what Portugal has to offer outside of the big cities and tourist hotspots. We are looking for writers who have an intimate...read more
We are a British owned Portuguese based trading company, so writing 4 months after Brexit, we can share our insights into what it has been like trading between Portugal and the UK. The short version is that the first few weeks were a bit of a nightmare, when nobody...read more
Here we are in March 2021 and the last three months have been fairly chaotic for those trading between Britain and the EU. Stories abound of problems with border controls, with unfathomable bureaucratic requirements for seemingly mundane exports, delays and higher...read more
Writing now in peak corona virus, the Portuguese textile sector is looking rather bleak but perhaps there will be a silver lining to the crisis if northern European clothing brands shorten their supply chains to source from southern and eastern Europe because of...read more
The PortugalWorks consultancy business helps foreign firms to invest in Porto and northern Portugal and also works with Portuguese firms looking for help to access export markets. We also help foreign firms to distribute their goods into the Portuguese market, by helping to find a suitable distributor and managing the relationship with them and represent international trade shows in Portugal for trade fairs looking for Portuguese exhibitors for their events.
On this site we chart the economic business development of the country both through the prism of our own businesses and also a more general look at the economy and would encourage anyone interested in doing business with Portugal to contact us.