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

With next month’s summer Olympics a disaster long before the torch is lit, and with political and economic upheaval swirling, South America’s biggest economy is in the midst of one of its deepest recessions.

News & Analysis

14 Jul 2016
Santos dockworkers and port operators are continuing talks on staffing, with further strike action on the agenda.
Port of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
05 Mar 2015
Rio de Janeiro will be the first container port to benefit from Brazil’s $1.28 billion dredging program.
Trucks at the Port of Santos
27 Feb 2015
After 10 days of "spontaneous" protests, many independent truck drivers in Brazil have agreed to government-inspired peace talks aimed at preventing the South American country from grinding to a halt.
25 Feb 2015
Brazilian officials are struggling to end an eight-day protest by truckers that threatens exports of a key Brazilian crop, soybeans. The truckers are blocking roads in 10 Brazilian states, delaying deliveries to ports.
19 Feb 2015
A healthier global economy, strong U.S. dollar and low fuel prices should give global logistics and transportation merger and acquisition activity a boost in 2015, according to consulting firm PwC US.
Porto Itapoa, Brazil
06 Feb 2015
One traditional group of Brazilian exporters, chicken producers, and one new importer of components, BMW, are helping the Porto Itapoa become a strong regional container port competitor.

Commentary

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