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Brazil preparing to licence 45 ports to operators; the first Amazon city of Manaus

Saturday, June 25th 2011 - 07:49 UTC
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Santos one of the busiest ports of the country Santos one of the busiest ports of the country

Brazil's government, which has already begun the process of handing over airports to private investment, is now preparing 45 ports to be licensed to operators, Estado de S Paulo newspaper reported Friday.

Brazil plans to auction first the rights to build and operate a new port terminal in the Amazon city of Manaus, Estado said, citing Tiago Lima, director of Brazilian water transportation agency Antaq.

Antaq had hoped to auction the rights for the city's port in May but is still awaiting authorization from the country's Minister of Ports, Estado said.

Most of the ports are located in Brazil's industrial and agricultural powerhouse in the south and southeast regions, with only seven of the 45 ports located in the north or northeast, Estado said.

Brazil handed many port services over to private operators in the 1990s, but the ports themselves are administrated by a government body. The licenses that the government plans to grant will allow operators full control of the port, under Antaq's supervision, Estado said.

Brazil is seeking to build up its transportation infrastructure to cut down the cost of production and increase its competitiveness with global rivals. Crowded ports often lead to delays in shipping, especially during the country's important harvests, when trucks and ships are backed up at ports such as Santos, which handles more than a fourth of Brazil's international shipping traffic

Categories: Economy, Brazil.
Tags: Brazil, port.

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  • GeoffWard

    Privatization - the pragmatic solution to a problem found to be insoluble by the State.

    Many 'entrepreneurs' - including every adult relative of every politician - will be licking their lips at the prospect of extracting billions of reais from domestic and international trade alike.

    The idea is to make through-port transportation more efficient;
    it says nothing about the 'stickyness' of monies passing through the hands of those engaged in the process - either by the owners or by the operators.

    Both me and millions of others have been 'blackmailed' up to the full value of the materials held in bonded warehouses, simply in order to get our goods released at the point of entry to the country.
    And the arbitariness of the valuations placed on the goods is always massively in favour of the 'port authorities'.

    So, imo, the privatizations needs major time and effort to remove ***corruption*** from port processes.

    Jun 25th, 2011 - 01:27 pm 0
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