The port of Santos plans to grow the biggest cargo terminal in Brazil
Brazil's main port of Santos covers more than 7.7 million square meters and contains 9.4 thousand meters of public docks.
In 2008, most vessels carried general cargo through the port, while liquid bulk and container vessels also visited the port.
Imports, aided by a strong real against the dollar, were the main driver, jumping 41.3 percent to 2.37 million tons. Exports rose 6.4 percent to 3.80 million tons.
Sugar exports, the biggest farm commodity moving through the port by volume, soared 117.8 percent to 1.77 million tons in February, and cane-based ethanol shipments rose 77 percent to 150,187 tons.
Brazil is the world's largest producer and exporter of sugar and the top ethanol exporter.
Container shipments rose 14 percent to 130,856 units.
The port of Santos handled $9.6 billion of trade, or 26.2 percent of Brazil's total in February.
USA, Germany and China were the leading origins of imports into Santos, accounting for 43 percent of total shipments.
USA, Netherlands and Iran were the top export destinations, taking 28 percent of Brazilian shipments.
The port of Santos started working on port expansion construction to have more competitive cargo capacity.
TECONDI, the number three container terminal for the port of Santos, is moving ahead with a development plan that will almost treble capacity at the facility to 700,000 TEU per year.
The huge investment plan will involve expansion of the quay from 200 m length up to 320 m, and the depth alongside will rise from 12.5 m up to 15 m, allowing TECONDI to handle post panamax vessels.
Demand pressure is growing beyond our original plan because Brazil is becoming more and more competitive in agricultural grains.
When construction is completed, the terminal will have the capacity to increase shipments of grains and soybeans from the interior to Santos from the current 2.5 million tons a year to 10 million tons.
“The capacity for expansion will be enormous.
Only about 25 percent to 30 percent of the central-west region is being exploited. In that region of Brazil alone we could triple agricultural production.”
In general, the port of Santos tends to be in the list of the candidates to Country hub port
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