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Brazil reopens key waterway for transporting soy

Staff writer ▼ | February 12, 2016
Brazil's Tiete-Parana waterway, a key transport corridor for agricultural products, has reopened after a 20-month closure.
Trade route   Brazil has underdeveloped and expensive transport infrastructure
The closure was due to drought and the use of water for electricity, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported this week.

On Monday a barge train passed downstream on the Tiete River through the locks at the Nova Avanhandava hydro-dam for the first time since 2014, the paper said.

The barges will later head to Sao Simao in Brazil's central western state of Goias where they are expected to load soybeans, which will taken for export from the Port of Santos on the Atlantic coast near Sao Paulo.

Brazil's agricultural output is only rivaled by the United States, but its underdeveloped and expensive transport infrastructure is the country's main barrier to raising its share of world exports.

Brazil is the No. 1 exporter of sugar, coffee, orange juice, ethanol, tobacco, eucalyptus pulp, poultry and beef, the No. 2 exporter of soybeans, the No. 3 exporter of corn and a major exporter of cotton.