Brazil government will lease and privatize ports in 2021 to expand the handling and storage capacity

March 8, 2021, 4:50:38 PM

Brazil government will lease and privatize ports in 2021 to expand the handling and storage capacity

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Sao Paulo: In 2021, the Federal Government has an agenda for the concession of Brazilian ports to the private sector with the objective of expanding investments and the capacity for handling and storage of cargo in these locations.

In total, there will be 16 leases in port terminals, in addition to the privatization of Companhia Docas do Espírito Santo (Codesa), the first to be promoted in the country.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, it will be the largest port tender in the last 15 years. The winner will manage the terminals for a period of 25 years.


“We have the perspective of having a full year, full of auctions. A minimum of 17 port terminal auctions should generate more than R $ 3.5 billion in investments. Thus, generating an increase in the capacity of our ports and a reduction of logistical costs in the country ”, said the National Secretary for Ports and Water Transport, of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Diogo Piloni.


Terminals will also be leased in ports such as Santana, in Amapá; the one in Itaqui, in Maranhão; and the one in Vila do Conde, in Pará.

Port investments:

According to the secretary, the Brazilian port sector maintains the historic tradition of entering into partnerships with the private sector, but in the past two years, this process has intensified.

“In 2019 and 2020, we held 21 port terminal auctions. R $ 3.5 billion was authorized for investments in several ports in Brazil, covering some of the largest ports, such as Santos (SP) and Paranaguá (PA). In addition to the investments, we have the grants for the auctions that, from 2020 on, have even started to be invested in investments in the ports themselves ”, added Diogo Piloni.

Main port terminals that will be granted to the private sector in 2021:
4 terminals at the Port of Itaqui / MA (IQI03, IQI11, IQI12 and IQI13);
1 terminal in the Port of Santana / AP (MCP02);
1 terminal in Porto do Mucuripe / CE (MUC01);
3 terminals at the Port of Maceió / AL (MAC11, MAC12 and MAC13);
2 terminals at the Port of Santos / SP (STS08 and STS08A);
1 terminal at the Port of Areia Branca / RN (TERSAB);
2 terminals at the Port of Vila do Conde / PA (VDC10 and VDC10A);
2 terminals at the Port of Paranaguá / PR (PAR32 and PAR50); and
1 privatization: Codesa / ES.

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