Imetame Port: expectation for better days for natural stone exports

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Members of Centrorochas had a privileged view of the facilities of the future Imetame Port, in the city of Aracruz, in Espírito Santo. Held on May 6, the visit provided a unique opportunity to witness the impending transformation in regional and national logistics that the completion of this construction work will likely bring about, increasing the expectation for better days in relation to port logistics for companies in the state of Espírito Santo.

With modern, technological infrastructure, the Port shows a willingness to become established as an important national and international logistics hub, promising efficiency and agility in the flow of cargo, especially for the natural stone sector. During the visit, participants were welcomed by the founder of Grupo Imetame, Etore Cavallieri. The project was presented by Cláudio Melim, the sales coordinator of Imetame Logística Porto. Gilson Pereira, the CEO of the group, and Anderson Carvalho, the operational director, also participated.

The magnitude of the construction work and its impressive capacity to accommodate large ships were one of the sources of admiration. The visit brought together the president of Centrorochas, Tales Machado, superintendent Giovanni Francischetto, and entrepreneurs and representatives of companies that are members of the national organization, as well as the president of Sindirochas, Ed Martins, federal deputy Evair de Melo, and communications advisor Karina Porto Firme.

Imetame Port will be ready to receive ships of up to 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Its draft will be 17 meters deep – the depth may reach 25 meters. This planned depth will enable the port to receive the largest ships operating in Brazil, making it a crucial location on international maritime routes.

Ten maneuverability simulations have already been carried out at the University of São Paulo (USP), with the participation of the Brazilian Navy and the company Praticagem-ES. The last took place in October 2023. The following ship models were taken into account: Bulk Carrier – Capesize (L 300m X B 50m X D 15m); Tanker – Suezmax (L 276 m X B 48 m X D 16m); and Oil Tanker – VLCC (L 340m X B 60m X D 21m).

With a total area of ​​1 million square meters and entirely licensed, Imetame Port has extraordinary potential to be a maritime transport hub, offering considerable logistical advantages, such as a shorter nautical distance between Mercosur and Asia. Its strategic location, supported by an extensive road network that includes federal and state highways and a bypass in the city of Aracruz, ensures a promising, efficient multimodal integration.

EPZ Aracruz

The creation of an Export Processing Zone (EPZ), an area for companies that provide goods or services that will be traded abroad and may be sold on the domestic market, is also envisaged. The EPZ is also regarded as a primary zone for customs control. Companies in this area have access to specific tax, exchange, and administrative measures.

Exemptions of the Import Tax, IPI [Excise tax] (for imports and domestic consumption), PIS [Contribution to the Social Integration Program] (for imports and domestic consumption), COFINS [Social Contribution on Billing] (for imports and domestic consumption), ICMS [Valued Added Tax on Sales and Services], and AFRMM [Additional Freight for the Renewing of the Merchant Marine] are among the various benefits for implementation and operation.

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