Qatari businessmen pay visit to Port of Santos

28 de setembro de 2017

São Paulo – A delegation of business executives from Qatar on a deal-seeking mission in Brazil paid a visit to the Port of Santos this Wednesday (27). Ten business owners and executives watched a presentation by Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp), the authority in charge of the seaport. They also toured the facilities onboard a boat.

“This is an important seaport,” said the general manager with Qatar Flour Mills, M. Salim Pathan, stressing that the site is relevant to all of Latin America. The mission to Brazil was organized by the Qatar Development Bank (QDB). The businessmen attended a seminar and sat down for business matchmaking sessions with Brazilian enterprises at the offices of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday (26) in São Paulo.

Pathan said he was happy about having visited the seaport and about the mission as a whole. He also said he expects to strike deals as a result of the trip. His company, which had never purchased from Brazil before, plans on importing beef, poultry, sugar and orange juice. Other items might be included in the future.

The Marketing and Sales manager with Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Co. (Qalex), Waleed Ghazaleh, told ANBA that the visit to the Port of Santos was very useful. He also said he was pleased with the trip to Brazil, and that now he knows the way into a country that used to be a mystery to him. The executive intends to follow through with the contacts he made.

At Codesp, the delegation was welcomed by the Trade Promotion and Port-City Relation manager Alceu Maitino Junior and by the Social Communication technician Dennis Christofer de Paula Silva. They explained to the Qatari executives the dimension of the Port of Santos, which is the first in cargo and container throughput in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a ranking done by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The port has 55 terminals and accounts for a third of the Brazilian trade, a throughput that generates USD 92.2 billion per year, according to information given by Silva to the executives. Many types of products are exported through the Port of Santos, with the main ones being orange juice, sugar, soy and wheat. The port has a net area of eight million square meters and is accessible through highways, railways and pipelines. It has the capacity to accommodate 65 ships at the same time.

The delegation was accompanied to the Port of Santos by Arab Chamber staff members. The Qatar companies in the mission were Qatar Meat Production Company, National Food Company, Qatar Pharma, Al Hodaifi Cable Compounding Co., Doha Cables, Qatar International Cables Company and Delta Corporation, plus the other two mentioned above.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum & Sérgio Kakitani