Port of Santos

The Port of Santos (in Portuguese: Porto de Santos) is located in the city of Santos, state of São Paulo, Brazil. As of 2006, it is the busiest container port in Latin America.

It possesses a wide variety of cargo handling terminals—solid and liquid bulk, containers, and general loads. It is Brazil's leading port in container traffic. The terrestrial access system to the port is made up by the Anchieta and Imigrantes highways and by the railroads operated by Ferroban and MRS.

It was once considered the "port of death" in the 19th century due to yellow fever, and ships often avoided docking at the wood plank port. The floods in the city's area provoked illnesses.

Today it is Latin America's largest port. Its structure is considered Brazil's most modern.

In the early 20th century, major overhauling and urbanization created the port's modern structure seen today, eliminating the risk of diseases and providing the port with modern, industrial-age infrastructure.

The location of the city of Santos was chosen at a convenient point for crossing the Serra do Mar mountain range, which is the main obstacle to access the interior. The first railway link from the port to the state capital São Paulo City, 79 km away, and the state's interior, was completed in 1864. This allowed for an easier transportation of the vast masses of migrant workers who headed to São Paulo and the state's numerous coffee farms. The main product exported by Santos until World War II was São Paulo state's huge coffee production, Brazil's largest. Today, coffee has become a smaller component of Brazil's exports and cars, machinery, orange juice, soybeans are now some of the port's main exports.

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Port of Santos to be privatised this year

Seatrade Maritime News 25 Jan 2022
The Brazilian National Waterway Transportation Agency (Antaq) has approved the public consultation for the privatisation of the Port of Santos ... Port of Santos box volume grows 19.6% Jan-Sept ... The project is being designed to allow the transit of pedestrians, cars, and bicycles below the access channel for vessels to the Port of Santos....

Brazil to auction Port of Santos in Q4 after planned expansion

Splash24/7 24 Jan 2022
The Brazilian Ministry of Infrastructure has published an ordinance to expand the jurisdictional limits of the Port of Santos, almost doubling the dry area under administration, from 8 sq ... documents related to the privatisation of the Port of Santos.”....

How Brazil's Port of Santos Became Cocaine's World Trade Center

InSight Crime 13 Jan 2022
All originated from the Brazilian port of Santos, from where cocaine shipments radiate around the world ... While the port of Santos is only the 46th busiest in the world, it is the second-largest in Latin America after the port of Colón in Panama ... In 2019, Europol that “Serbian organized crime groups are particularly prominent at the port of Santos.”....