Portugal: Portuguese ports promoted in Brazil

14 April 2009

Lisbon, Portugal, 14 April – Portugal’s main ports – Lisbon, Setúbal, Sines, Aveiro and Douro-Leixões – are due to take parti n the “Intermodal South America” fair that is due to open its doors Tuesday in São Paulo, Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Negócios reported.

“The aim is to attract businesspeople from the region to the Portuguese ports, showing them the potential of our supply chain,” said Natércia Cabral, chair of the Port and Marine Work Institute (IPTM), cited by the newspaper.

The Sao Paulo Intermodal fair is due to bring together 450 exhibitors and should attract 45,000 professionals from the logistics, transport and international trade sectors.

This is the 15th edition of Intermodal, which is considered to be the most important of its kind in Latin America.

Over 40 countries will be represented at the event, which has an exhibition area of 20,000 square metres.

On Monday in Brasilia, the Portuguese and Brazilian governments committed to promote the advantages and potential of Portuguese ports to Brazilian companies that export products by sea to Portugal and the European Union.

“We reached a consensus as to publicizing the possibilities that are offered by Portuguese ports to Brazilian exporters that sell to Portugal and the European Union,” said the executive secretary of the Brazilian Ministry for Development, Industry and Commerce, Ivan Ramalho.

According to Ramalho, who was speaking to journalists in Brasilia, at the end of a meeting with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Transport, Ana Paula Vitorino, no schedule was set for carrying out the activities to promote the Portuguese ports.

Vitorino said that promoting Portuguese ports to Brazilian businesspeople could be supported by the Brazilian Agency for Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brasil) and by the Portuguese embassy in Brazil. (macauhub)