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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Brazilian maritime cargo up 5.4 % despite political problems for Brasilia

The port of Santos through which passes 30 % of Brazil's foreign trade...South America's largest port The port of Santos through which passes 30 % of Brazil's foreign trade...South America's largest port

Although the political turmoil continues in Brasilia, waterborne cargo movement in Brazil still managed to grow during the first quarter of this year and Brazilian ports will need to invest more to keep up with expected future increases.

The government of Michel Temer - battling with the Lava Jato corruption crisis - is trying to encourage more investment in the port sector,via port and terminal privatisations, to produce more infrastructure to deal with future cargo handling increases.

According to Antaq, the Brazilian national authority for ports and waterborne transport, long haul shipping in Brazil grew by 5.4 %, up to 180.3 million metric tons, during the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016 and cabotage grew by 2.3 %, around 51 million metric tons. Other categories also rose, with inland navigation up 5% and maritime port services (tugs, etc) up by 0.4 %.

Antaq stated that exports accounted for 81.4% of the long-haul movement in the first quarter of this year, with iron ore sector (mostly toChina) accounting for 62.8% of the overall volume.

In the case of imports, there was an increase of 8.7% in relation to the same period of the previous year. This was mostly down to the import of fertilisers, up 30.3 % compared to same quarter of last year.

The main destination for the export of Brazilian goods, said Antaq, is China, and the Asian country is also the fourth largest importer of Brazilian goods.

The majority of the cabotage movement is in the fuels and mineral oils sections, which occupy 62.1% of the total and they decreased by 5.4% compared to the first quarter of 2016. However general cargo and goods increased to make up the deficit and lead to a 2.3 % increase.

Vis a vis inland navigation, cargo movement increased by more than 12%, up to 12.2 million metric tons. This was due to the 58.4% growth in the seeds and grains group and the 54.8% increase in the ore group in relation to the first quarter of 2016.

July 6, 2017 by Cristoforo Amaral da Silva, PFI Brazil Correspondent.

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