The Ministry of Transportation extended the concession contract for the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway that the Government maintains with the General Administration of Ports (AGP), until the service is taken over by whoever is finally awarded the tender.
In this regard, the former head of the Agrarian Federation Peter Peretti argued that it is important that the State continue to take charge of these export permits because “tariffs can be a very powerful instrument when it comes to sitting in front of the eight companies that handle 80% of the large trade in this country, which are ultra-mega monopolies”.
Meanwhile, he explained AM750 that “the invention of the silobolsa, which is Argentine, changed the marketing system and gave a very favorable modality to monopolistic companies: direct sale from the producer to the exporter”.
In this way, “with the passing of grain ships through the Paraná waterway, the State collects a toll and, with that money, makes investments and still there was money in the coffers,” he said.
The extension was arranged through resolution 515/2022 published this Tuesday in the Official Gazette, and in this way the AGP will continue with the concession of the operation for the maintenance of the signaling system and dredging and re-dredging tasksand the corresponding hydrological control of the Main Navigable Way between kilometer 1,238 of the Paraná River, a point called Confluence, to the Natural Deep Water Zone in the outer Río de la Plata.
The tender consists of the long-term concession for the modernization, expansion, operation and maintenance of the waterway, in addition to the collection of the waterway toll.
“The Paraná is where 80% of the exports and imports of the Argentine Republic enter and leave, and it is the main traffic of cocaine in the Argentine Republic,” said Peretti.
“It’s practically no man’s land, and we have to regain sovereignty. That is why it must be nationalized and the State must control it”he claimed.
When asked if there is no technology to dredge, he maintained that this is “totally false” because “it is taking sand from one side and putting it in another.” “It’s an excuse that the right always uses to dismiss us,” she said.
And he concluded: “The dredgers can be made by Argentine shipyards, they can be handled by Argentinesdoes not offer any difficulty and we have all the knowledge and all the technique to do it and, in addition we would generate thousands of jobs”.