Analysis: Brazil uses only 31% of its navigable rivers for transport; spends more on truck freight

According to experts, three main reasons explain the waste of the country's potential for river navigation: lack of infrastructure, planning, and political willingness.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A CNT (National Confederation of Transport) study released in 2019 points out that Brazil uses only 30.9% of the 63,000 kilometers of navigable rivers for cargo and passenger transportation. Experts point out that little has changed since the study was released.

The importance of rivers lies in the fact that they lower transport costs, which could translate into a discount for the end consumer. Cargo shipped by river costs 60% less than by truck. According to experts, three main reasons explain the waste of the country's potential for river navigation: lack of infrastructure . . .

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