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Private Use Terminals (TUPs)

The new regulatory framework for the port sector (Law 12815 / 2013 and Decree 8033 / 2013) set new terms for the exploration of Private Use Terminals (TUP), Cargo Transhipment Stations (ETC), Tourist Facilities in Ports (IPT) and Small-scale Port Facilities (IP4).

Authorization period

The port authorization will last up to 25 years, renewable for successive periods as long as the port activity is maintained and the authorized party promotes the necessary investments for expansion and modernization of port facilities.

Who can participate?

Companies or entities organized under Brazilian laws, with headquarters and management in Brazil, alone or in consortium can participate.

Process for obtaining authorization

According to the new legislation, those interested in obtaining authorization for port facility outside the organized port area can submit a request to the National Agency for Waterway Transportation (ANTAQ) at any time.
The proposal must include the specification of the facilities and legal instrument ensuring the right to use and enjoyment of the area (land) among other documents that may be required by ANTAQ.

Upon receiving  a request, ANTAQ shall publish on its website, within 5 days, the full content of the request and its attachments and promote, within 10 days, the opening of the Public Announcement. A 30-day deadline will be set to identify other stakeholders interested in the port facility in the same region and with similar characteristics.

The new stakeholders will have 90 days to present and/or ratify to ANTAQ additional documents provided for in Article 33 of Decree 8033 / 2013.

The opening of the Public Announcement meets the legal requirement (paragraph 1 of Article 9 of Law 12815 / 2013) which determines the finding of other stakeholders - besides those that already have authorization.

Within 15 days from the date  the documentation from ANTAQ is received, the Secretariat of Ports of the Presidency (SEP / PR), which is the Granting Authority will analyse the locational viability of the enterprise (possibility of physical implementation of two or more port facilities in the same geographic region that does not generate operational difficulties to any of them). It will also examine the adequacy to the guidelines on planning and on port sector policies, in accordance with Law 12815 / 2013 in Article 15.

After analysing the documents and deliberating, an adhesion contract between SEP / PR and the authorized company will be entered into, with the intervention of ANTAQ.

The authorization of transfer of ownership, as long as the conditions established in the original contract are kept, does not depend on a new adhesion contract, just the approval of the SEP / PR is needed, as indicated in SEP Ordinance 249, published on 05.12.2013.

Increased handling or storage capacity of the port facility is also exempted from a new adhesion contract, provided there is no expansion of the original area. As set out in Article 35 of Decree 8033 / 2013 and aforementioned ordinance.

SEP / PR may waive the issuance of a new authorization, in case of change in the cargo handled or expansion  of the port area - located outside the organized port - provided they do not exceed 25% of the original area and that there is highest and best use, according to SEP Ordinance 110/2013.

TUPs prior to Law 12815 / 2013

Currently, there are 128 TUPs and six ETCs authorized to operate in the country before the adoption of Law 12815 / 2013. Existing authorizations should be adapted, by signing a new adhesion contract to be entered into by ANTAQ and the company, in compliance with powers delegated by SEP Ordinance 182/2014.

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List of authorized Tups:
Company City Load Profile R$ Milions
Maria Porto Veleiro de Búzios  Armação de Búzios (RJ) Turismo 3,5
Subsea 7 Pontal do Paraná (PR) Apoio offshore  103
Trocadeiro Portos e Logística  Itajaí (SC) Carga Geral 6
NFX Combustíveis Marítimos  Porto de Açu (RJ) Combustíveis 54
Vétria Mineração  Santos (SP) Granéis minerais  2.520
Porto do Açu Operações Porto de Açu (RJ) Carga Geral 321
Imetame Logística Aracruz Carga Geral 60
Yara Fertilizantes  Porto Alegre (RS) Granel sólido  35
Ponta Negra  Manaus (AM) Carga Geral 1,9
DNP (Ipiranga)  Itaituba Combustíveis 3
WPR São Luis  São Luís (MA) Granel Líquido e Carga Geral 780
Brasil Port Logística Offshore  Porto de Açu (RJ) Apoio offshore  610
PDVSA Brasil Combustíveis e Lubrificantes Ltda. Porto Velho (RO) Granel líquido 9,5
Terminal para Apoio Offshore - CLARIANT S.A.  Niterói (RJ) Carga Geral 23
Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados S.A. – NUCLEP Itaguaí (RJ) Carga Geral 13,1
Empresa Brasileira de Reparos Navais S.A. - RENAVE  Niterói (RJ) Carga Geral  0,01
Terminal Portuario Cotegipe Salvador (BA) Carga  geral granel solido carga conteinerizada 225
Nidera Sementes LTDA. Canoas (RS) Granel sólido 69,7
Base belo monte (DORINALDO M. DA SILVA) Vitória do Xingu (PA)   4,36
Exxonmobil Química Ltda. Rio de Janeiro (RJ)   0
J.A. Leite Navegação Ltda. Manaus (AM)   0,48
Companhia Brasileira de Asfalto da Amazônia - Importação e Exportação Ltda Ananindeua (PA)   0,7
ADM Portos do Pará Barcarena (PA) Granel Sólido - EXPANSÃO 202
Hidrovias do Brasil – Vila do Conde Barcarena (PA) Granel sólido – EXPANSÃO 116,9
Hidrovias do Brasil - Miritituba Itaituba (PA) Granel sólido – EXPANSÃO 50,1
Ibepar Participações Ltda Manaus (AM) Carga Geral – EXPANSÃO 2,98
Chibatão Navegação e Comércio Ltda Manaus (AM) Carga geral e conteinerizada – EXPANSÃO 15,38
TOTAL     5.230


List of Tups already built:
Company State City R$ Milions
Zemax Log Soluções Marítimas Ltda. ES Vitória R$ 4,00
AMAGGI Exportação e Importação Ltda. RO Porto Velho R$ 100,00
Trocadeiro Portos e Logística Ltda. SC Itajaí R$ 6,06
Estaleiro Enseada do Paraguaçu S.A. BA Maragogipe R$ 85,00
SAIPEM DO BRASIL - Expansão SP Guarujá R$ 165,00
CMPC Celulose Riograndense Ltda RS Guaíba R$ 115,50
LLX Açu operações portuárias S/A - Expansão RJ São João da Barra R$ 0,29
LLX Açu Operações Portuárias S.A. (Porto do Açu Operações S.A.) RJ São João da Barra 321,34
TOTAL     798


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