The AAPA Latino Experience: get an inside look at the main port event of the year

31 May 2022

On November 28 -30, the Port of Santos will welcome more than 600 port authorities, directors, managers, executives, suppliers and consultants from ports, terminals, logistics & shipping companies and other key stakeholders, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of AAPA LATINO.
The congress, which gathers the movers and shakers of this business from more than 35 nations, will put Brazil and its main port complex at the centre of the scene.


The first day of the AAPA Latino will be full of activities such as meetings related to technical knowledge, updates and a review of the sector.

We will start the day with a technical visit to the Port of Santos - our host port - which in addition to being responsible for 25% of Brazil's trade flow, is the largest port complex in Latin America.

Those who register in advance will be able to visit some of the 53 port terminals of this complex, which in 2021 alone moved more than 147 million tonnes of cargo.

Meanwhile, at the Blue Med Convention Center, registrations will take place as well as the meeting of the port authorities that are part of the Latin American Delegation of the AAPA, the updating of their working commissions and the presentations that allow the participants to deepen their knowledge of the situation of the ports of the region.

Rita de Cássia Vandanezi Munck, Head of Staff of the Secretaria Nacional de Portos e Transportes Aquaviários of Brazil & President of the AAPA Latin American Delegation affirms that “this event has established itself as an important meeting for the development and promotion of the port sector in the Western Hemisphere. It facilitates the exchange of knowledge, alliances, experiences and successful practices among all actors within the industry.”

Another classic of the AAPA Latino is the welcome reception offered by the host port in honour of the visitors. On this occasion, the colonial Brazil will be present in an evening that promises to be unforgettable.


Two of the highlights of the Latin American Congress of Ports begin on the second day. On the one hand, the commercial exhibition, in which more than 100 companies of technology, innovation, equipment, supplies, services and others related to the sector, present their products and connect with the attendees.

On this edition there will also be a Fan Fest in the exhibition area, a space specially recreated to project the World Cup matches, while sponsors and participants enjoy some snacks in an atmosphere of camaraderie and joy.

On the other hand, the conference programme will open with a panel that will analyse the current geopolitical tensions, the probabilities for the recovery of markets and maritime transport, presenting the current outlook and prospects for ports. It will be followed by others, that will focus on the forthcoming investments in port infrastructure in various countries of the region, the energy transition in maritime transport and successful experiences in increasing port productivity, among other topics.

The AAPA Latino is the right place to interact, form new relationships and strengthen existing ones. It is precisely the networking or connection with the port "decision" networks that is highlighted by those who have had the opportunity to participate in previous editions. To paraphrase Claudio dos Santos Oliveira, Chief Commercial Officer of Brasil Terminal Portuário, "AAPA Latino is a unique Forum for its lead generation opportunities, the quality of the topics under discussion and the speakers' expertise”.

The International Development Director of Fundación Valenciaport, Miguel Garin Alemany, also highlights the added value of this opportunity to interact with their peers. "It is undoubtedly the best opportunity to meet, in a few days, with all the actors of the Latin American port and logistics sector. It is not only about public companies, but also about private ones, which makes it very interesting. Moreover, for me in particular it is a personal satisfaction to be able to have this networking, which is really very difficult to achieve, and above all to be able to see all these friends".


The third and final day will revolve around the debate on the digital transformation of ports and the supply chain in Latin America; the threats that the sector is facing, the financial possibilities and the dialogue between shipping lines and port operators.

In the afternoon, awards will be presented by the CIP/OAS and the AAPA Latin American Delegation in recognition of those ports in the region that have demonstrated excellence in their operations and contributed to the economic and social prosperity of the communities in which they operate during the current year.

The dinner party will take place in an iconic location in the city of Santos, this city-port with the world’s largest beach garden.

They will be three intense days, appropriate to celebrate the 30th edition of a forum that continues to be the port event par excellence of the continent.

In short, for those who are looking to do business in the region, the key is to participate in AAPA Latino. Santos is waiting for us!