Maritime cargo link between Cape Verde and northeast Brazil to start in September

11 August 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 11 Aug – The maritime cargo link between Cape Verde and Pernambuco in northeast Brazil is set to begin in September and should enable a 750-euro (US$963) drop in the cost of container transport, the daily Liberal reported Friday.

The montly five-day sea link will be assured by Cape Verde’s Atlantic Shipping Company, using a new ship with capacity for 294 containers, the newspaper indicated.

Stops will be made in the United States, Europe and West Africa. The cost of Brazilian products in the island nation is expected to drop, as are the costs of Cape Verdean exports.

The proprietary company said that the cost of transporting a 2,000-foot container would fall nearly 750 euros (US$963) compared to current prices.

The agency to promote the external trade of northeast Brazil plans to use Cape Verde as a platform for re-exports to countries on the west African coast.

Brazil and Cape Verde have been linked since March by a maritime line plying the route between Recife and Mindelo, with stops in the Spanish Canary Islands and Dakar, Senegal. (macauhub)