Specialists discuss market expectations for privatization of ports

Specialists point out that the chosen model for privatizing Brazilian ports differs from the landlord model adopted by major ports in Asia and Europe, with regard to the functions of port regulation, inspection and planning
Public Policy
16 July 2020
Specialists discuss market expectations for privatization of ports

Market expectations for the privatization of ports is the subject of a webinar that FGV Transport will hold on July 21. The event will be broadcast live on FGV’s YouTube channel, starting at 2:30 pm. The speakers will be Fábio Abrahão (director of infrastructure, concessions and PPPs at the national development bank, BNDES), Patricia Lascosque (ports manager at pulp and paper company Suzano and president of the Brazilian Association of Private Port Terminals) and Ricardo Arten (CEO of Brasil Terminal Portuário and board member of the Brazilian Association of Container Terminals).

According to the Infrastructure Ministry, the next frontier for the Brazilian ports sector is the search for a more efficient and flexible model to expand the potential for private sector investment in port management. A milestone in this process was the beginning of studies to privatize the Port of Santos, which handles 28% of Brazilian trade flows.

Specialists point out that the chosen model for privatizing Brazilian ports differs from the landlord model adopted by major ports in Asia and Europe, with regard to the functions of port regulation, inspection and planning. Accordingly, domestic port operators and users are concerned about the privatization of ports, especially in relation to future sources of revenue for private port authorities and Brazil’s international trade competitiveness.

The market considers that port operations in Brazil are already privatized, as a result of Law 8,630 of 1993, despite the absence of a policy for the sector’s restructuring, which could include measures to full apply and revise the law, associated with social, economic, regional and sustainability aspects.

Based on the expertise and experience of the guest speakers, the webinar will explore this whole situation to try to understand the expectations of operators and users, that is, of the market in general, regarding the privatization of Brazilian ports.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

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