Infrastructure Numbers

218 million passengers

Used Brazilian Airports in 2019

1,719,991 kilometers

of Road Networks

16 airports

Granted to the Private Sector

1,104.3 million

Tons of cargo transported in Brazilian Ports in 2019

28,190 kilometers

of Railways

Brazilian Infrastructure

Brazil, with an area of 8.5 million square kilometers (fifth largest country), relies heavily on logistics and transportation networks to guarantee its competitiveness and to keep growing. Other infrastructure assets, such as power generation, mining and sanitation, are key issues for Brazil's development as well. A promising business scenario, with a diversified energy matrix and some of the most important airports, ports and connections in Latin America, are some of the highlights in the country's infrastructure.

The infrastructure sector has a central role both in the development of Brazilian economy and in the increasing of competitiveness. Therefore, the government has been reshaping its efforts in order to boost this sector.  The infrastructure projects portfolio has been increasingly diversified and there will be several investment opportunities in the coming years for the supply chain, prison systems, national parks, basic sanitation and even bid for construction and operation of new structures.

  • In 03 years, the Brazilian Government has granted the private sector the concessions of 16 airports, 10 port terminals and a section of the North-South Railroad

Learn more about the Brazilian infrastructure sector below:


  • Brazil has one of the largest road networks in the world, with a total of 1,719,991 kilometers
  • In the first half of 2018, the government invested USD 588 million in road maintenance, improvement and expansion
  • In 2020, the federal government's portfolio of projects reaches 18,870 kilometers, including concessions, feasibility studies and new bids, which means USD 35.2 billion in investments



  • Brazil has the largest aviation market in Latin America and one of the largest in the world
  • Approximately 218.6 million passengers used Brazilian airports in 2019. + 1.6% over 2018
  • The paid air cargo transportation in 2019 has registered 1.2 million tons, which is the second-best result since the 2000s
  • Brazil is the first country in the world that allows 100% foreign participation in air transport
  • By 2023, all Brazilian airports will be delivered to private companies, which shows great investment potential


  • Currently, there are 28,190 kilometers of railways, which represent 21% of all freighted transport in Brazil
  • Cargo railways significantly expanded the volume transported, which was a record of 538 million tons in 2017, representing an increase of 112.5% ​​since 1997
  • The highlight is the transport of iron ore and agricultural bulk
  • It expected that 14,530 km in projects will be awarded by the Government, which includes new railways and renovations



  • Brazilian ports integrate the necessary infrastructure for the country's economic development, mainly to support foreign trade activities
  • In 2019, 1,104,298,070 tons of cargo were transported in Brazilian ports
  • In order to foster investments, the Federal Government created tax incentives for the sector, which include:
    • The Tax Regime to Incentivize the Modernization and Expansion of the Port Structure – Porto
    • The Special Incentive Regime for Infrastructure Development (Reidi)
    • The Infrastructure Debentures, in addition to the Merchant Marine Fund – FMM
  • The port infrastructure in Brazil consists of public and private ports, having 235 port facilities, between public and private, both maritime and fluvial
  • The ports are expected to receive investments of USD 10 billion by 2042, mainly due to the expansion of agricultural production and mining products, as approximately 95% of the total flow of Brazilian goods trade passes through the ports

Infrastructure in Brazil

The infrastructure sector, over the years, received a new impulse, beginning to cover some of the gaps in favor of Brazilian economic development.

Considering an extremely diversified portfolio, the investments in infrastructure in Brazil has evolved year after year. In 2019, 36 auctions were held in the most diverse areas of infrastructure, which included port terminals, airports, highways and railways, for example.

The projects are dynamic and include National Parks, forests, fishing terminals, power transmission, hospitals and, also, policies, which consider daycare centers, tourism, prisons and others.

Including all this evolution, well-structured projects, transparency and regulatory improvement, investments in infrastructure in Brazil are an excelente opportunities for investors.

Sanitation Measures

Social infrastructure is considered one of Brazil's priorities and access to basic sanitation is essential for the population.

In July, the Brazilian government approved the Legal Framework for Basic Sanitation in the country, which provides for the universalization of water and sewage services by 2033.

The goal, with the milestone, is to ensure that 99% of the population is served with drinking water and 90% with sewage treatment and collection, by December 31, 2033.

The law will standardize rules and provide legal advice, something that investors from all over the world expected, in addition to being a historic achievement that makes it possible for every Brazilian to have access to drinking water and treated sewage.


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Media conference: Invest in Brasil Infrastructure - US Edition

On August 11, Apex-Brasil hosted the Invest in Brasil Infrastructure - US Edition. It was an online international conference about investment opportunities in the area of infrastructure in Brazil for investors and companies of the United States of America. The event is part of a series of online seminars organised by Apex-Brasil to present the best investment opportunities in the country, focusing on the US audience.

The Infrastructure sector is one of the priorities of the Brazilian Federal Government. In addition, the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum has also included infrastructure as a priority topic in its recommendations. The event was a high-level meeting with sessions about prospects for the Brazilian infrastructure sector and selected investment projects.

You can watch the recording of the event by clicking here. It’s a great opportunity to learn about what Brazil has been doing to promote its best projects to leverage the economy and investment return and learn how the country has become more attractive to American investors capital.

Next editions of Invest in Brasil Infrastructure:

Sanitation: 15/09/2020

Turkey Session: 06/10/2020

Ports: 20/10/2020

Investment Guide to Brasil 2019

The Investiment Guide to Brasil combines essential information from various government sources with the objective of facilitating your understanding of Brazil, its economy, productive sectors, business climate and investment framework. This guide is designed to meet the needs of investors in different degrees of maturity when it comes to investing in Brazil. First, for potential investors, who may be unfamiliar with Brazil, the guide can be the perfect gateway to the myriad of investment opportunities currently available. It contains useful, fact-filled information, profiling Brazil’s economy and providing snapshots of major business opportunities in different productive sectors. Second, for investors ready to do business in Brazil and for existing investors seeking to expand their Brazilian operations, the guide also serves as a reference companion to Brazil’s investment framework, including guidelines on how to establish and run a business in the country and on government incentive programs to help expand businesses in selected industries.


Brasil Investment Forum

Brasil Investment Forum (BIF) is a federal government event hosted by the Brazilian President which aims to highlight investment opportunities in strategic industries in the Brazilian economy, such as infrastructure, energy, agribusiness and technology.

Visit the official website.


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