Rio as Top Shipping Port State in 2012

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Ports in Brazil are expecting to handle a billion tons of cargo for the first time in 2012, according to estimates by ANTAQ, Brazil’s National Agency for Waterway Transportation. If achieved, the figure will be 12.3 percent more than in 2011, with Rio de Janeiro State set to take the top spot from neighboring Espírito Santo.

In 2010, Brazil's ports handled 833.9 million tons of goods: 489.6 million tons of which was . . .

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