Brazil launches $258m ports

Brazil’s Minister of Planning, Nelson Barbosa, has confirmed the government's intention to auction the first port terminal leases by the end of this year.

The first four port terminal leases will be opened up for auction from October 26, as part of the government’s investment in logistics program (PIL). The expected investment for these four projects is $258m ($1.15bn reales). 

In total, the government will invest $50bn ($198.4bn reales) in transport infrastructure for the second phase of the PIL program. 

The ports to be tendered are Porto Santos, with an investment of $36m ($144m), the pulp loads Macuco and Paqueta with an investment, respectively, of $51m ($200m) and $75m ($297m); and a grain terminal located in Conde de Vila, Pará with an estimated investment of $127m ($501m).

The winning companies will operate the port terminals under 25-year concessions. 

Meanwhile, the Brazilian national agency for transports (ANTT) is looking to promote the participation of small firms in future road projects.