The Port sector in Brazil has sailed in with new opportunities in 2016. The Minister of Ports, Helder Barbalho, has just announced new investments of R$ 51 billion resulting from National Program of Ports Logistics (PNLP). This is definitely an attempt to lure some big fish to the port sector!

Infrastructure concession auctions will be more logistically attractive with the changes The Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management and also the Transport Ministro have been preparing. Helder brought up some of the changes already implemented to the auctions of the six Port areas in Para. He spoke of the deadline extension for review of the public notices going up from 45 to 60 days and the up to 5 installments afforded to the winning bid payment.

The auction of March 31 at BM&FBOVESPA will be the second of its kind after the December 2015 offering for three areas in the Santos Port. Grain ports are the main items up from the block of the six port areas in Para State. Outeiro has three terminals in Belem; there is one in Vila do Conde and, also, one terminal for Fertilizers and one for grain in Santarem.

It is estimated that with the auction of the six areas in Para the public coffers will be filled with about R$ 1.766 billion to be paid to the Companhia Docas do Pará over a 25-year contract. The new terminal works stand at R$ 1.464 billion, while the leases are expected to generate up to R$ 301.977 million.

The Brazilian Court of Audits (TCU) has approved the public notices to 20 additional public port terminals. New public notices should be announced before the end of March.

The Federal Government plans to invest R$ 19.67 billion for new private terminals, R$ 16.24 billion for new leases and R$ 11.11 billion for contract renewals, in addition to R$ 4.26 billion of public investment in dredging. The volume of cargo handling between 2015 and 2042 should increase by 92% and reach a level of 1.8 billion tons, also according to the projections of PNLP.

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