The port of Maranhão is expanding capacity for incoming fertilizers shipments and power outlets for refrigerated containers. This will enable a greater flow of cargo with the Arab market. The improvement of the Port of Itaqui will also boost trade with the Arab countries. Investments are under way in fertilizers shipping and refrigerated containers, and facilities are available for livestock export. Currently, most of the fertilizer imported to Brazil is via the ports of Paranaguá-PR, and Santos-SP. The expansion of the Port of Itaqui will increase its capacity to 3.5 million tons. The port’s location makes it a competitive supplier to fertilizer crops in states across the West-central and North of Brazil. Railroads investments are also in progress, this means that next year the fertilizer will also get shuttled on trains to producing areas, which will ease the flow.
Sources: ANBA / Global Fert