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BR do Mar will boost cabotage cargo transport in Brazilian ports due to the benefits of the modal

April 30, 2022 4:05 pm to 4:05 pm
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With the BR do Mar Law Project increasingly bringing benefits to cabotage in Brazil, cargo transport between Brazilian ports will be greatly expanded in the coming years and may take on new proportions within the national market.
Source: Federal Government




With the BR do Mar Law Project increasingly bringing benefits to cabotage in Brazil, cargo transport between Brazilian ports will be greatly expanded in the coming years and may take on new proportions within the national market.

Last Monday, (25/04), the Organization of Cooperatives of Paraná (Ocepar) commented on the benefits that BR do Mar has brought and continues to bring to Brazilian ports. And as the Bill has the potential to boost cabotage cargo transport over the next few years in the domestic market, due to the low cost and logistical benefits of the operation. 

Cargo transport by cabotage has been growing in Brazil, but it still needs more investments and impulses from the projects developed

Brazil is one of the largest countries in coastal territory and has more than 11 thousand kilometers in this sense alone, but it still cannot take advantage of this dimension to benefit from cargo transport. cabotage, or the transport between ports of a country, it is still a modal very little used and explored in Brazil and data from the Ministry of Infrastructure show that only 11% of the goods moved within the country are transported by ships.

However, despite this low expression, cabotage cargo transport has been able to grow slowly in the national market, especially in the ports of Paraná, such as Antonina and Paranaguá. Data from the company Portos do Paraná prove this growth and show that, in 2021, the cabotage navigation grew by 19% compared to 2020 and, when compared to 2016, last year's movement was 34% higher, an expansion not expected by the national port sector in relation to the use of this modal in Brazil. 

Thus, the Ministry of Infrastructure shows that Brazil is still far below European countries, for example, which have cabotage cargo transport as the main modal for these operations. But this is a scenario that is slowly changing and that the so-called “Cabotage Law” (Law 14.301/2022), known as BR do Mar, is seeking to change. The Bill obtained a series of tax benefits for cabotage and continues to seek even more incentives so that the modal can grow in the domestic market. 

BR do Mar has managed to reduce the impasses of cargo transport by cabotage in Brazil and is the port sector's bet for the expansion of the modal 

One of the main problems in relation to cabotage in Brazilian ports was the obligation for the service to be provided by ships manufactured within the country itself, since Brazil was never known for being a country that manufactured many boats. Thus, the Bill now gives the possibility of chartering ships of other flags, which makes the transport of cargo through this modal more practical and more flexible. 

Thus, the technical manager of the Organization of Cooperatives of Paraná (Ocepar), Flávio Turra, commented on how important this modal is for Brazil and stated that “Ports need to be integrated with highways and railways. We are still not used to working in this way and this integration is necessary to be viable, because the cargo cannot be stopped at the port waiting to continue on its journey to its final destination”.

This is the main objective of the Federal Government and the Ministry of Infrastructure for Brazil with the Bill, since the costs for the transport of cargo by cabotage in Brazilian ports are significantly lower and this is the new bet of the port sector national for the next few years.


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