South America Trade & Logistics

Between 1986 and 2010, Latin America's share of global exports increased from 4.4 percent to 6.9 percent, according to the World Bank, but underdeveloped infrastructure places even its fastest-growing nations — Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru — at a competitive disadvantage.

Special Coverage

A gradual return to more open domestic and international trade policies provided a small spark to the Brazilian economy in late 2016 and boosts carrier optimism.

News & Analysis

12 Mar 2017
Unprecedented consolidation of ocean carriers and the restructuring of global vessel-sharing alliances from four to three is wreaking havoc on several smaller Brazilian container terminals.
APM Terminals, Callao, Peru
12 May 2015
Roughly 650 union dockworkers at the busiest terminal in Callao, Peru, the largest container gateway for the west coast of South America, have threatened to begin an indefinite strike Wednesday.
Port of Santos, Brazil
08 May 2015
The port authority for Santos in Brazil, Codesp, has been given permission to increase rates by a whopping 31.7 percent, and shippers should prepare for the increased costs.
03 May 2015
Alianca Navegacao e Logistica launched a 4,800-TEU, the Bartolomeu Dias, in the Brazilian and South American coastal service and plans to launch a second ship this summer.
Hamburg Sud container ship at Port of Santos
30 Mar 2015
Port of Santos users and operators were hit by a bombshell Friday when an injunction was imposed, halting the port’s much-needed dredging program.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks at a ceremony marking port expansion in Rio de Janeiro.
21 Mar 2015
Brazil’s beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff took time off from her political travails last week to inaugurate the first phase of a $557 million expansion at the port of Rio de Janeiro.

Commentary

JOC economist Mario O. Moreno updates his projections regarding U.S. containerized trade with South America.