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New Highway Gives Brazil Access to the Pacific and Asia

Santos's port in São Paulo, Brazil The construction of a highway corridor connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean is going to simplify the transfer of agricultural production and make possible the growth of exports of Brazilian grain, mainly to Asia.

With approximately 3,000 kilometers (1864 miles) in length, the highway, which is going to cover Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, should be inaugurated in September 2009. This information was disclosed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil.

Products like sugarcane, soy and cotton should be the main products benefited by the initiative. Large-scale cattle farming and agro-industry should also feel the effects of the highway. The government estimates that foreign trade of grain should reach 135 million tons by 2010.

According to the Agriculture and Cooperative Development secretary at the Ministry, Márcio Portocarrero, transport is one of the main bottlenecks currently faced by Brazilian agricultural production and, with a new route, access to the Asian market, for example, which is a great consumer of agricultural products, should become easier.

Another advantage of transfer through the Pacific is that there should be reduction of around 7,000 kilometers in the maritime route when considering the route currently taken on the Atlantic Ocean.

The main advantage of the highway, according to Portocarrero, will be the reduction of transport cost. Comparing Brazil with the United States, the main global producer of soy, Brazil spends up to ten times more to transport one ton of soy produced in the Midwest of Brazil to China.

In Brazil, the government is investing 340 million Brazilian reais (US$ 214 million) in highway works, which will cover a length of 1,500 kilometers, to the border with Bolivia.

The highway will then cover another 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) in Bolivia and finally 233 kilometers (145 miles) in Chile. From one end to the other, the corridor should connect Santos, in São Paulo, to the ports of Arica and Iquique, in Chile.



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  • The Guest


    I was about to write a similar comment as yours, but you did it first. Just the cost of fuel and increased cargo carriage capacity are enough reasons to build a train track. Trucks should be used for feeder service to and from train depots. I seriously believe the planners who come up with these schemes have no concept of the requirements for continued future economic development.

  • forrest allen brown

    like in the US and there ill fated NAFTA high way whitch will run into the billions and allow trucks from mexico
    to run from south to north into canada ,
    trucks that dont meet the DOT regs in the US drivers that dont have US permits to drive on the roads .
    BUT will not let the US or CANADAIN drivers to go to mexico .
    all big business .
    look at the disel fuel that one truck will use to make the trip about 636 gallons for 50.000 lbs of cargo or 3333 illeagles crossing the boardors of the US with strate shot to canada per truck .

    for the same fuel a train with 246 cars with a capasity of 90.000 tons per car will only burn 2.500 gallons of fuel .
    whitch will cut carbon weight of thoes trucks running by 1.785 tons a year .
    and if the trains were eletric well there goes the fuel , and the carbon
    a green road all the way .

    now look the the 3 countries building the road.how much money just in brasil will be stolen by the builders of the road . the politicans , police there alone you could pay for the train track
    how much theft will be done on the road .
    how many truck does it take to fill a ship ?????????? with corn , sugar , cattle ,
    monkeys , birds , cats , children , women , drugs ???????????/

    a 20 meter truck bed or box type will take from 240 to 475 depending on the type of ship and the cargo .
    and remember the the road all thoes trucks whom will do the maintance on the highway of death .
    and on the way back petro bras will want to import oil drilling pipe from china ,
    will there be snow ice in the montains , heavy rain . mud slides , bridges wash out .


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