Feb 19, 2018

Exports from Brazil's "Northern Arc" of Ports up 71% in 2017

Author: Michael Cordonnier/Soybean & Corn Advisor, Inc.

The Brazilian National Water Transportation Agency (ANTAQ) reported last week that in 2017 there was a huge increase in the amount of cargo exported out of Brazil's "Northern Arc" of ports.

ANTAQ reported that the amount of corn shipped out of these northern ports increased 71.8% in 2017 compared to 2016 and that the amount of soybeans shipped out of these ports increased 31.5% in 2017. For all the ports in Brazil, the amount of cargo increased 8.3% in 2017.

The "Northern Arc" of ports currently consists of six ports on Amazon River and its tributaries that export grain and one along the northern Atlantic Coast of Brazil. The amount of cargo moving through these ports increased 80% in 2017 with the majority of the cargo being soybeans and corn.

Here is a list of Brazil's "Northern Arc" of grain ports from west to east:

Many of the operations at these ports are being expanded in anticipation of increasing volumes of grain being shipped north out of central Brazil. There are numerous infrastructure projects either underway or in the planning stages to move grain north out of central Brazil including: paving of Highway BR-163 connecting Mato Grosso with the Amazon River, the proposed "Grain Railroad" connecting Mato Grosso with the Amazon River, in addition to several proposed waterways where barging operations are planned.