Brazil Post partnership to tackle logistics bottlenecks

Brazil Post has formed a partnership with the new state transport agency Planning and Logistics Company (EPL). EPL is being established by legislation approved by Brazil’s Congress yesterday, to reorganise the nation’s network of highways, railways, ports and waterways.

The organisation is being given the structure of a private corporation, with headquarters to be in Brasilia.

The new agency would oversee the development of “bullet” trains in Brazil if that goes ahead, although proposals for high-speed links between Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo and Campinas are still not favoured by opposition politicians, and have had trouble attracting bidders.

The Ministry of Communications said Brazil Post will work together to tackle key bottlenecks in the nation’s logistics networks.

Communications minister Paulo Bernardo met with Brazil Post president Wagner Pinheiro de Oliveira on Tuesday to discuss the partnership. A cooperation agreement is likely to be signed between the two companies with the aim of developing joint projects.

One project will be undertaking research on the logistical needs of the country, including use of the rail system, and the identification of locations where new logistics facilities could be established.

Bernardo said the partnership between Brazil Post and EPL will result in strengthening the role of the postal service as a national integrator, for the benefit of society.

“The continued development of infrastructure and logistics in the country is a fundamental strategy for Brazil Post, which could play an increasingly effective mission connecting citizens and companies in Brazil,” he said.

EPL president Bernardo Figueiredo said: “The EPL wants to form a partnership with Brazil Post to study logistics alternative to enter the rail freight market offering high added-value.”

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