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Fertilizer Inflation Forces Overhaul of Brazil Ports, Railways

  • Port operators and logistic companies are integrating modals
  • Santos Port is bringing back capacity to receive more cargo
The Port of Santos in Santos, Brazil.

The Port of Santos in Santos, Brazil.

Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

Brazil’s heavy dependence on fertilizer imports is leading to a major upgrade of the nation’s ports, railways and distribution centers.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into Brazil’s logistics infrastructure, all in order to more quickly get fertilizer from ports to inland farms thousands of miles away, which produce the most soybeans, coffee and sugar in the world. The agricultural powerhouse’s need for fertilizers is especially in focus as food inflation has gripped the globe.