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Mercosul (or Mercosur) is a trading zone among Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay founded in 1991. Its purpose is to promote free trade and the movement of goods and people, and skills and money between these countries. The four member countries combined represent the fourth largest economy in the world. As part of their cooperation, the member countries need to exchange data on imported and exported products. In a first attempt, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay tried to exchange information using magnetic tapes. It didn't work out, due to the difficulty in matching the operations and the different types of registration of each system in a single, consistent way. In the second attempt, Brazil and Argentina connected their respective host systems by establishing an active connection to exchange data but this solution had issues by not being reliable and also just... (more)