The Brazilian government has unveiled a number of incentives to bolster local manufacturing sectors - including textiles, clothing and footwear - and stave off cheap imports from Asia.

The 'Bigger Brazil' plan proposes a combination of tax cuts, financing and trade incentives for national industries hurt by the appreciation of Brazil's currency and international competition,

Measures include tax cuts and exemptions for the clothing and footwear sectors, with exporters of manufactured goods also in line for tax credits of 0.5% of the value of their sales abroad.

These tax cuts will be partially offset by an additional tax, which will vary from sector to sector, of at least 1.5 percent in sales. Companies will instead pay a tax of at least 1.5% on sales, with the rate varying by sector.

Government procurement will also favour Brazilian-made products such as textiles and footwear, with a 25% premium paid for goods that are produced locally.

"With the launch of 'Brasil Maior' we are starting a campaign in defence of Brazilian industry against the often-unfair competition in the international marketplace," said President Dilma Rousseff. "Our proposals are designed to increase production and employment in the country."

The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is also lending BRL2bn (US$1.2bn) to promote investments in innovation.

On the trade front, there will be tougher quality control on imported goods, and tax breaks and rebates on exported goods.

And anti-dumping duties and other retaliatory measures will be accelerated through plans to cut anti-dumping investigations from 15 to 10 months and provisional duty applications from 240 to 120 days.

There will also be tougher customs inspections and fines for smuggling goods and falsifying shipping documents.