Port of Santos

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Although Santos is the largest container port in Latin America, it ranks only 42nd on the JOC list of Top 50 Container ports (using 2017 data). More than 40 percent of Brazil’s containers are handled by the Port of Santos, as well as about one-third its of trade, including its vast hinterland that includes the state of Paraná, and 60 percent of Brazil’s GDP. For those reasons, efficient Santos is crucial to the success of companies affiliated to Fiesp and also the Confederation of National Industries of Brazil.

Brazil's largest container port has opened several new terminals in the last few years. Growth resumed in 2017 after a contraction in 2016 due to the worst recession in the country's history. In 2018 Brazil’s busiest container port handled 4.3 million TEUs, compared with 3.85 million TEUs in 2017.

Shippers and ocean carriers using Santos have been complaining about congestion and labor disputes at the port, and about the politicization and the time-consuming bureaucracy of the Port Authority for Santos, known as CODESP (Companhia Docas do Estado do São Paulo). Many argue “regionalization” might help solve problems, including a lack of dredging to issues such as improved/expanded infrastructure.

Various business groups including the Federation of Industries for the state of São Paulo (Fiesp), the most powerful shipper group in Brazil, back the effort to privatize port management, aiming to cut inefficiencies and alleged corruption. 

In an effort to boost such efforts at modernizing Santos, Brazil’s President-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, is putting together a government team and declaring various policy goals and options, including the privatization of all the port authorities.

06 Dec 2016
In order to draw in more international and national investors, the Brazilian government is poised to extend its minimum period for port concessions.
30 Nov 2016
Port operators, shippers, and carriers in Brazil were preparing for a 24-hour strike by stevedores Wednesday that never materialized.
29 Nov 2016
The deeply troubled container terminal Libra Terminais in the port of Santos is to lay off hundreds of workers.
18 Nov 2016
Dozens of new port concessions and contract extensions should direct 40 billion reais ($11.82 billion) in investments toward Brazil’s ports over the next 25 years.
16 Nov 2016
As shippers using the Brazilian port of Santos cope with delays from strikes by customs officers, they can take relief in the pleasant surprise that sorely needed maintenance dredging has unexpectedly resumed after several weeks of delays.
11 Nov 2016
Customs officers in the Brazilian port of Santos have struck for two days straight, testing the mettle of the new President Michel Temer.
02 Nov 2016
The steady brew of labor unrest at the port of Santos is hitting Brazilian coffee exports.
28 Oct 2016
The Brazilian port of Santos faces a new wave of strikes as backroom financial auditors for the customs agency join officers in the field that are already carrying out a nationwide strike impacting ports, airports, and border crossings.
26 Oct 2016
The sagging hopes for dredging the port of Santos to 17 meters have been given a lift by a new wave simulator at the University of Sao Paulo.
21 Oct 2016
The Brazilian Ministry for Transport, Ports, and Civil Aviation has decided to privatize dredging operations at the country’s top three ports of Santos, Paranagua, and Rio de Janeiro.
14 Oct 2016
The most powerful port, shipping, and transportation industry groups in Brazil are banding together to pressure the government to reform the country’s port law.
12 Oct 2016
The $48.1 million bridge links Sao Paulo state with Tres Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, enabling truckers to bypass several congested highways and a hydroelectric dam.
30 Sep 2016
A judge has put an end to months-long industrial actions, in which dockworkers at the port of Santos disrupted operations and even boarded vessels.
27 Sep 2016
Angry dockers in Santos that are disrupting operations at four Santos container terminals have stepped up their rhetoric.
23 Sep 2016
Eight dockworkers boarded a container ship berthed at Santos as part of ongoing industrial action in the harbor.
23 Sep 2016
A decision by a Brazilian regulator threatens to slow investments in rail capacity aimed at reducing bottlenecks and offering more services to shippers at Santos.
Libra Terminais T-37 terminal, pictured, is one of four terminals that has been impacted by a disagreement between management and a casual labor pool.
19 Sep 2016
Dockworkers at the largest port in South America have gone on strike just days after customs officers in the harbor decided to increase the frequency of slowdowns in their campaign for higher wages.
16 Sep 2016
Ongoing slowdowns by Brazilian customs officials at the port of Santos are set to get worse.
08 Sep 2016
After devastating flooding forced the closure of South America’s largest port and cast doubts on the viability of dredging plans so it can handle mega-ships, one consultant thinks he has come up with a solution.
29 Aug 2016
An 11-year high tide combined with beach erosion to shut down South America’s busiest port and cast doubt on plans to dredge deeper so the port can handle larger ships.
01 Aug 2016
Record fog is delaying shipments at South America’s busiest port of Santos, Brazil, adding to other woes shippers are coping with, including from customs slowdowns and a recurring labor dispute.
26 Jul 2016
Dockworker arrests are only the latest intrigue at South America's busiest container port.
Employees of the Brazilian customs agency, pictured, are pressuring interim President Michel Temer to live up to the promises of his predecessor, and in the process are threatening to gridlock essential customs functions during the Olympics.
21 Jul 2016
Brazilian shippers are suffering from a double whammy of industrial action this week.
14 Jul 2016
Santos dockworkers and port operators are continuing talks on staffing, with further strike action on the agenda.
07 Jul 2016
Stevedores from the Sindicato dos Estivadores do Santos union, known as Sindestiva, carried out a 24-hour stoppage.
05 Jul 2016
The introduction of cross docking at Tecon Santos will create savings for shippers using the terminal.
04 Jul 2016
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.
01 Jul 2016
Shippers using South America's busiest containe port dodged two bullets.
17 Jun 2016
More draft restriction due to a lack of dredging is preventing three marine terminals at the Brazilian port of Santos from handling fully loaded 9,000-TEU ships.
09 Jun 2016
Ports, shippers and politicians from the Brazilian state of São Paulo are lobbying the government to appoint a technocrat to the country’s national port administration.
Port of Rio de Janeiro
08 Jun 2016
Container terminals in Brazil are hashing out pricing policies for enabling shipper compliance with an international container weight rule that enters force July 1.
Isle ship-to-shore gantry cranes at port of Santos, Brazil
27 May 2016
The stagnant Brazilian economy and the massive injection of container capacity hurts major terminal operator.
Santos SEP Brazil ports
17 May 2016
The Brazilian port sector’s worst nightmare has become a reality with the government’s announcement that the Special Ports Ministry, or SEP, would be subsumed by the Transport Ministry as part of a cost-saving initiative.
13 May 2016
The urgently needed dredging of the entrance channel to the port of Santos in Brazil is slowly edging toward reality after a multitude of delays.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
11 May 2016
APM Terminals announced Wednesday it will provide container weighing services at 29 locations across its global network to ensure a smooth transition to an international regulation that comes into force on July 1.