South American Ports

South American Ports

Coverage of container shipping and logistics at South American ports throughout the region such as Buenos Aires, Argentina, Valparasio, Chile, and Callao, Peru, as well as the biggest container port in South America, the Port of Santos, Brazil.


2013 will be a continued year of change.

News & Analysis

16 Sep 2019
Brazilian cotton exports to China are booming amid the US-China trade war, but stakeholders say the boost is highlighting carrier capacity shortages and sub-par infrastructure in the South American country.
Top 50 Global Container Ports 2018
09 Aug 2019
Asian gateways continued to dominate the global port market in 2018, handling more than three-quarters of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
08 Aug 2019
With Rio de Janeiro’s Libra Terminal now in its stable of holdings, new owner International Container Terminal Services will look to boost the facility’s volumes amid competition from two rivals.
15 Jul 2019
The new CEO of the Santos port authority has ambitious plans for South America’s largest container port, including building closer ties to China.
27 Jun 2019
The uneasy labor truce between workers at the Brazilian port of Santos and port authority Codesp will extend at least through July.
29 May 2019
Santos workers and management will keep talking in a bid to reach a new labor deal, though the union still set June 30 as the next strike deadline.
28 May 2019
More than 1,000 workers are due to walk off the job in a protest that is more broadly about the potential privatization of the Santos port authority.
24 May 2019
A $1.9 billion tender to redevelop Argentina’s Puerto Nuevo has shippers and carriers worrying about potentially higher costs.
15 Apr 2019
A bankruptcy judge has told Grupo Libra it must maintain service and continue paying staff at its T-35 and T-37 terminals in Brazil’s port of Santos through May 2020.
09 Apr 2019
Argentina’s newest container terminal gives shippers in Buenos Aires, La Plata, and Mendoza a secondary gateway.
29 Mar 2019
Grupo Libra is shuttering its port of Santos subsidiary, operator of the T-35 and T-34 terminals, due to mounting debt and the defection of Cosco and CMA CGM loops to DP World Santos.
22 Mar 2019
Union officials are hoping port operators return to the negotiating table, but with little disruption resulting from the strike, it’s unlikely employers will be open to negotiation.
13 Mar 2019
Sources tell the strike might be the “final hurrah” for the OGMO dockworker labor pool at Santos, as terminal operators prepare for life without the freelance laborers despite the strike's apparent impact on productivity.
05 Mar 2019
As a strike by freelance longshoremen continues, terminal operators at Brazil's busiest container port fear a repeat of last August, when dockworkers invaded a CMA CGM vessel.
01 Mar 2019
Dockworkers from the OGMO freelance labor pool in Brazil’s busiest container port are protesting the elimination of regulations mandating at least 25 percent of longshore work be performed by OGMO members.
DP World Santos.
08 Jan 2019
Shippers are concerned that they will pay for service consolidation.
Maersk containers, vessel at port of Paranagua.
20 Dec 2018
After a damaging truck strike, holiday trade gains are expected to be sub-par — although it is historically a time of demand growth.
Brazil truckers on strike - May 2018.
10 Dec 2018
Over the weekend, drivers protested at Alemoa, in front of the main road access to the port of Santos, and closed the main highway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for six hours, backing up truck traffic more than two kilometers (1.24 miles).
BACTSSA Terminal, Puerto Nuevo, Argentina
05 Dec 2018
After Argentina's implementation of market-friendly policies, trade officials hope that the nation has bottomed, concerning trade volumes, after a decade of stagnation.
Kingston Freeport Terminal.
26 Nov 2018
The merits of Caribbean ports’ terminal overbuild depends on one’s stake. It's good news for container lines considering hub options in the Caribbean Basin but bad news for terminal operators seeking to entice them.
Port of Santos, Brazil.
12 Nov 2018
What privatization should look like in Brazil and how it should begin is still being debated, however.
APM Terminals Itajai.
01 Nov 2018
Itajai this year has received seven roll-on, roll-off vessels and is slated to handle more through November and December.
Port of Santos with a ship approaching.
23 Sep 2018
Brazil’s weaker currency, an expanding global economy, and enduring international customers should bode well for the port of Santos. But shippers say inefficiency and a lack of renovation are delaying that. Now, a number of shippers’ groups want a different form of port management.