Panel SA: Port terminals fight shipping companies in auction

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In the dispute over the model for the privatization of ports, ABTP (Brazilian Association of Port Terminals) took the defense of its positions to the TCU (Union Court of Auditors) and the Ministry of Infrastructure this month.

The entity is against the participation of shipping companies in the auction.

The fear of port operators are the shipping giants MSC and Maersk.

“The indiscriminate and unregulated participation of economic groups that operate in the maritime transport of containers, the so-called shipowners, in the bidding processes can, in the medium and long term, generate an increase in freight, reduce the flow routes of Brazilian cargo and cause an increase in the cost of other links in the logistics chain due to anti-competitive practices”, says ABTP’s CEO, Jesualdo Silva, who this month met with Minister Marcelo Sampaio.

The sector claims that the concentration of the market in the hands of shipowners can cause cargo to be directed to the giants’ own terminals, harming the rest of the market.

For the president of ABTP, the so-called “self preferring”, the preference for the terminals themselves, can lead to the flow of cargo to ports further away from the production site, among other imbalances.

Joana Cunha with Paulo Ricardo Martins and Gilmara Santos

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