Antwerp and Sao Paolo sign agreement to enhance trade relations

  • Collaboration agreement will run until 2016

The Belgian Port of Antwerp has signed a collaboration agreement with the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo to help facilitate trade relations between the two countries.

The agreement, signed Antwerp Port Authority (APA) CCO Luc Arnouts and Sao Paulo’s Secretary of State for Transport and Logistics Saulo de Castro Abreu Filho, will run until the end of 2016.

In a statement, the APA said that the accord fits in with its “supply chain approach” in which the port acts as a link in the overall supply chain, enabling customers at either end to reach their own customers quickly and efficiently, whether from Antwerp to Brazil or vice-versa”.

Walter Van Mulders, director of business development at the APA, will be responsible for trade development with the South American country where he will closely with the authority’s permanent representative in Brazil, Henrique Machado Rabelo. In addition, the port has two other representatives to cover Brazil and South America.

Trade relations with Brazil have already led to various agreements made by APEC-Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center, a subsidiary of the APA, for training Brazilian port professionals. These include an agreement with SEP, the Secretaria Especial de Portos da Presidência da República.

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