Blessed with an extensive shoreline and sizeable waterway grid in the countryside Brazil has in her ports an irreplaceable development engine (for its development) and the main door for its exports and imports flow (to the flow of exports and imports).
The struggle towards the new and modern legislation for Brazilian ports was the root reason for the (creation) beginning of the ABTP – Associação Brasileira dos Terminais Portuários – Brazilian Association of Port Terminals, on April 5th, 1989, which originally consisted of 38 companies owning private terminals.
After nearly four years of intense debates (with) both at (the) Federal Government and Brazilian Congress, Law # 8630, also known as the Port Modernization Act, was passed on February, 1993(, as result) . It resulted from a broad political agreement (in which those who took part were) among the representatives of the economic sectors, (and) of the involved workers leaderships (that were involved,) and of all (the) political parties (forces) holding seats at (in) the Brazilian Congress. (With that) As result, (the) a new legal model for port activities receptive for private enterprise was conceived and implemented (for port activities, which was more receptive to the private enterprise).
The new legal milestone (that) allowed the privatization of public port activities and services (in public port installations) led (the) ABTP to expand its initial scope and, from 1997, (it moved to encompass) adding and also representing (the) public (use) port terminals that had been privatized having (their) its operations leased (transferred) to (the) private (enterprise) companies.
(The) ABPT is (the) a non-profit (civil company) organization, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, (that represents) representing over 100 port terminals of all kinds of use – exclusive (exclusively), mixed (and) or pubic – (use, that handle some) handling about 90% of (the) Brazilian foreign trade’s total cargo (generated by Brazilian foreign trade). It deals with (the) all issues related to (the) port (activity) activities, chiefly those (that concern) concerning the rights and obligations of port terminals, (included the ones at the) either at national and international level. In the (domain of the) Mercosul’s domain, (the) ABPT is affiliated to the Mercoport - Asociación de Puertos y Terminales Privados del Mercosur – Mercosul Private Ports and Terminals Association and, in the domain of the Americas, it is a member of (the) AAPA – American Association of Port Authorities, and also of LATINPORTS – Associação Latino-Americana de Portos e Terminais – Latin American Ports and Terminals Association.
(The) ABTP (undertakes) performs an associative and participative work (in) for the direct (defence) protection of the rights and interests of (those who own the) the owners of port (installations) facilities, always bearing in mind, that the end beneficiary of port services is (,) the port client. (For that) As result, part of its work is dedicated to (promoting) promote the technological development of loading and unloading port operations, always focused on efficiency, (on) quality, and (on the obtaining of) achieving competitive costs for port services.
"To be acknowledged as the (leader) leading institution and think-tank for (of the) ideas and actions (of) from the (corporate) port industry companies".
"To mobilize its members to contribute towards the Brazilian port industry's modernization and competitiveness (of the Brazilian port industry)".
- Work with the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Authorities, on all Government domains, in order to defend the development of the port (activity) activities.
- Incentive the building of a (to the) constructive environment (living together) between the public and private sectors (in) within Brazilian (port industry) the port system.
- (Defense of) Enhance and protect the principles (ratified in) the Port Modernization Act (# 8630/93) and support (to the) regulatory milestones derived from it, ensuring (the) port modernization (of the ports), (the respect to) prevailing of present contracts clauses’ and its (juridical) legal safety.
- Federal Government structuring and (the adoption by the Federal Government of the policy for the) adoption of a governmental port policy (based) founded on (Law No. # 8630/93) Port Modernization Act bases that could assure (guarantees) the freedom to (contract) hire and to operate (in equal) under isonomic conditions.
- (Qualification) Enablement of the Brazilian port system to face the challenges posed by economic growth and to attain international levels of efficiency.
- Improvements on infrastructure (Infrastructure improvements the) related to land and waterway access to ports and terminals.
- New (autonomous) port management model (for port management guided by) incorporating an entrepreneurial (mentality) way of thinking and its subordination to the Port Authority Council (CAP).
- Maintaining on permanent basis a (of the) new dredging services execution model (for dredging services) (Law (No.) # 11610/07) (on (the) permanent basis).
- Maintainance (Continuity) of (the) ‘Reporto” (duties and federal taxes rebate program) (regime) and (creation) establishment of (the) credit line for the port industry (that supports) supporting pre-investment and investment in the technological modernization of (port) terminals.
- Adapting (the exploitation) to the Port Modernization Act provisions all port contracts (for port) regarding the use or leasing of areas and (installations) facilities (to the provisions contained in the Port Modernization Act (No. 8630/93)).
- Improvement (Qualification) of port managers’ and port workers’ qualifications (via) through permanent training, and, also, the strengthening of the Labour Management (Bodies) Offices (OGMOs) as the way to ensure port operations (the) growth in productivity (in port operations).
- (Instituting a working regime that is) Institution of a modern and (,) flexible working regime (productive and that) able to increase port workers’ living standards (raises the standard of living of the port worker).
- Active participation and support along (Support and participation in) the writing and legislative discussion of the Port Modernization Act (preparation of the project that produced the Port Act (No. 8630/93));
- (Attaining juridical) Attainment of legal safety for port terminals through the support of Port Modernization Act institutions of (via) lease and (adherence) adhesion contracts;
- Freedom to hire workers for cargo handling operations;
- Payment of port fees to port administrations only if related (conditioned exclusively) to the (providing) rendering of services (by the port administrations);
- Over 50% cost reduction (of over 50%) and over 100% increase in port operations productivity (over 100% increase in port productivity);
- Implementation of (Customs facilities) bounded areas within (in) port (installations) facilities;
- (Participation of the representative of private terminal concerns in the Port Authority Councils (CAPs) and in the Supervision Councils of the Labour Management Bodies (OGMOs)) Port terminals representatives’ participation as members of the Port Authority Councils (CAPs) and in the Supervision Councils of the Labour Management Offices (OGMOs);
- Agreement (obtained from) at the Brazilian Senate (at the time of) regarding the institution of the National Waterways transportation Agency – ANTAq (voting the Law that would create the ANTAq,) that (forced the Agency to comply with) reinforced the provisions of Port Modernization Act (Law No. 8630/93 that govern) regarding the lease and (adherence) adhesion contracts, as well as the (operation of the) CAPs’ operations;
- Victories over attempts from legislators to amend (Law No. 8630/93) the Port Modernization Act aimed to suppress entrepreneurial sector’s major achievements (of the entrepreneurial sector);
- Active participation along (in) the implementation of (the) IMO’s ISPS Code, coordinating (the) major corporate actions, as well as negotiating and establishing a (friendly atmosphere, as well as understanding and cooperation with CONPORTOS and other) cooperative multilateral interaction with major Brazilian authorities involved;
- Creation of the Sub-Commission for Ports and Logistics by the Commission for Economic Development, Industry and Trade of the Federal Chamber of Representatives(, in reply to the request by the ABTP and by the Ports Commission to suspend ANTAq Resolution No. 55);
- Increase the private initiative’s participation at the Brazilian port system management and operation;
- Reduce the government interferences on port activities as well as its consequent bureaucracy.