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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.

Institutional View

"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)".



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