Port of Santos is Brazil’s -and South America- most important port, located just 38 miles from São Paulo. 90% of foreign trade is handled by this port.
The 23rd edition of Intermodal South America will be held in Sao Paulo next month, and that’s why we wanted to share some interesting information about this city and its port.
Here the 10 things you didn’t know about the city of Santos and its port:
- During the Brazilian abolition movement, the Port of Santos was a place of refuge for thousands of slaves who ran away from the coffee plantations around Sao Paulo.
- Santos is also home to the famous Santos Soccer Club, with a large stadium dedicated to its most famous player, Pele.
- The Port of Santos was officially inaugurated in February 1892: In 1888 the group Gaffrée, Guinle & Cia. based in Rio de Janeiro was authorized to built the port. The company changed its name to Empresa de Melhoramentos do Porto de Santos, and then, changed again into Companhia Docas de Santos. With the end of the concession in 1980, the federal government created Companhia Docas do Estado de S. Paulo-Codesp, which is the current port authority.
- In 2013, the port surpassed the record of 114 million tons cargo mobilized.
- Another record: In 2005, the Guinness Book of World Records named the beach front garden of Santos, the largest in the world.
- Is the largest sugar and orange juice exporter in the world. The port complex also stands out in the shipment of coffee, soybeans and pellets, ethanol, vehicles and manufactured goods. It is responsible for over a quarter of Brazil’s trade balance.
- The city of Santos came into prominence because of the importation and exportation of coffee.
- Environmental regulations. Brazil has some of the most rigorous environmental regulations in the world in order to preserve forests and waterways.
- Santos handles about 60% of Sao Paulo commercial trade. Sao Paulo is the largest center of consumption of South America, and most of the traded goods are loaded or unloaded daily in Santos.
- In 1899, the bubonic plague made its appearance in Brazil through the Port of Santos. However, according to reports from that time, there were no quarantine or city evacuations. The residents were sceptical.