Brazil eases cabotage laws

Brazil is easing its cabotage laws whereby ships will no longer need to fly the Brazilian flag for domestic voyages. Law firm HFW stated in an update the government had decided to change its cabotage laws to encourage greater competition. However, one sticking point for international players remains – the requirement that at least two thirds of the crew must be Brazilian.

Another country tinkering with its cabotage laws is China, which has kicked off a two-year pilot trial to open up coastal container trades, something global liners have been calling for for a very long time.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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