South America

South America

31 Jan 2015
There is growing concern among port users and service providers in Brazil that the newly appointed Special Ports minister may not be the right man for the job: a post which entails deciding which projects – out of more than US$4 billion in proposals sitting on his desk – should get the go-ahead this year.
05 Jan 2015
Satellite-based container tracking and communications giant Orbcomm extended its international reach and technology base by acquiring Canada's SkyWave Mobile Communications.
31 Dec 2014
Brazil has appointed a new Minister for Ports, Edinho Araujo, in a move that is sowing dissatisfaction among the port community. He who will take over from outgoing minister Cesar Borges on Jan. 5.
31 Dec 2014
Buenos Aires' newest container terminal opened for business this week, amid declining volumes at the port in Argentina's largest city.
29 Dec 2014
The Ecoporto Santos container terminal in Brazil is moving ahead with an expensive equipment upgrade despite not being guaranteed an extension to the company’s port concession period. This comes as competition among the Santos terminals is heating up, with handling rates eroding in 2014.
Brazil-Russia trade relations
26 Dec 2014
After a year of surging sales of foodstuffs to Russia owing to economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union and retaliatory actions by Russia, Brazil is now possibly the largest supplier of food to Russia, according to the SovEcon consultancy.
22 Dec 2014
Charging that Brazil’s foreign trade is too concentrated in the Mercosur trading bloc, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Association wants Brazil to weaken its ties with Mercosur and concentrate instead on other foreign markets.
19 Dec 2014
Concluding the final stage in its merger with Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV injected 259 million euros ($317 million) into the combined company and in doing so increased its shareholding to 34 percent in what is now the world’s fourth largest container line.
19 Dec 2014
Carriers announced general rate increases that span into February this week, as spot rates around the globe respond to mid-December rate hikes. Drewry Maritime Research’s World Container Index composite index, which measures 11 East-to-West trade lanes, jumped a cumulative 35.8 percent this week.
16 Dec 2014
U.S. containerized exports to most Latin American markets will contract this year, while imports, reflecting the strengthening U.S. economy, will be up.
15 Dec 2014
Brazil port and health authorities carried out a simulated ebola emergency at the port of Santos last week to help improve the response to the threat the disease poses at maritime ports of entry.