A Brazilian business delegation has visited the Port of Valencia. The meeting has brought together Valencian and Brazilian companies and investors.
In the first nine months of the year, a total of 1,783,827 tons of products with origin/destination in the Brazilian country have been mobilized from Valenciaport.
Sustainability, innovation and new business opportunities have focused the interest of a delegation of about a hundred businessmen and government representatives from Brazil (Brazil Export) in the work visit they have made to the Port of Valencia. A meeting that has served to strengthen commercial links between the port-logistics community of Valencia with the Brazilian country.
“Brazil is going to be one of the great powers of the 21st century. By country, Brazil is the seventh with the most trade relations with Valenciaport: more than 200,000 containers come from Brazil each year, some destined for Spain and others redistributed to the rest of the Mediterranean Sea countries. Entrepreneurs must know that Valencia is at their service, as hub strategic or as an investment pole”, affirms Aurelio Martínez, president of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV).
The president of the PAV has explained to the Brazilian representatives that Valenciaport is making an effort in investments and future projects to continue being the great strategic reference of the European ports of the Mediterranean and a reference nexus in commercial relations between Brazil and Spain . “We are a great port in terms of traffic, efficiency, stopover times and connectivity, and we want to be one in environmental sustainability and innovation actions as well. In addition, our strategic location and connections position us as a bridge between the American continent with Europe, North Africa and the Middle East”, pointed out the person in charge of Valenciaport.
Aurelio Martínez has made a presentation of the services and infrastructures of Valenciaport, the first container port in Spain and fourth in Europe and a fundamental piece in Spanish trade relations abroad. From the Valencian docks, Spanish merchandise is taken to any country in the world thanks to its connection with more than 1,000 ports and its commercial relations with 168 countries. In addition, the investments that are being made to improve intermodality and the use of the railway, or the commitment to open innovation to attract talent and seek technological solutions in the logistics and mobility area with initiatives such as Opentop or ValenciaportPCS have been exposed.
Fabio Siccherino, CEO of DP World Santos, one of the shipping companies that has participated in the visit, has defended that “the Port Authority of Valencia is a benchmark in innovation, development and technology. For this reason, it is important to know the good practices and what we can incorporate into our operations on a day-to-day basis”.
Training and technical assistance
Valenciaport is also collaborating with Brazil promoting training. In fact, on September 15, the Embassy of Spain in Brazil hosted the inauguration event of the III edition of the Master in Logistics and Port Management taught by the Valenciaport Foundation in the Brazilian country, a training cycle that has already involved 90 port managers in this area. The Valenciaport Foundation has also collaborated with the Ports of Paraná in their digital transformation processes and with the University of Santa Catarina within the Intelligent Port Logistics Chain project of the Federal Government of Brazil.
Miguel Garín, Director of International Development of the Valenciaport Foundation, confirms the importance of this type of visit: “A very important part of the Foundation’s activity is carried out in Latin America. This visit by presidents of port authorities and by the Minister of Infrastructure, Marcelo Sampaio, is very important as an institution and also at the business and strategy level. Entrepreneurs will be able to draw on our knowledge and our way of proceeding”.
The Brazilian delegation, made up of a hundred people and headed by its Minister of Infrastructure, Marcelo Sampaio, have also made a visit by boat to the port facilities where they have toured the container terminals and ro-ro traffic, getting to know first-hand the operation of the Port of Valencia.
A strategic partner
In the first nine months of the year, a total of 1,783,827 tons of products with origin/destination in the Brazilian country and 128,411 containers have been mobilized. Of these, 233,152 are goods that are exported from the Valencian docks to the country, mainly chemical products; fruits, vegetables and legumes; cement and clinker; and building materials. From Brazil, 304,727 tons of cereals and flours have been imported; woods and cork; feed and fodder; rest of merchandise; chemical products; and paper and paste. On the other hand, 1,245,948 tons are transit goods like other food products; chemicals; rest of merchandise; steel products; or machinery and tools.
The main Brazilian port that maintains relations with Valenciaport is the one in the city of Santos, the main port in the country and in Latin America, with more than 600,000 tons managed with Valenciaport and close to 40,000 containers, followed by the Navegantes area (Santa Catarina area). ) and Paranagua (Curitiba).