DISTANCES IN BRAZIL ARE JAW-DROPPING, DID YOU KNOW THAT?
Brazil is the fifth country in territorial extension and has an enormous capacity of benefiting from its natural resources. However, when it comes to competing globally with other countries, expectations run against a logistic structure full of serious operational problems.
In the 2012 World Bank survey, that analyzes logistic systems worldwide, Brazil ranked the 45º position. The country was specifically bad in the aspect “customs”, one of the research’s indicators.
The main problem regarding logistics in Brazil is infrastructure. The poor maintenance of roads and lack of railways represent the major issues. Due to the internal market growth, there were a lot of investments since 2008, but they are still insufficient to the country’s demand.
The Brazilian transport network lacks a greater variety of options to the companies. The country counts with 214.000 km of roads (1.600 km of them, unpaved) against 30.000 km of railways and 14.000 km of waterways.
Considering these numbers, it’s understandable that around 60% of the loads transported inside the Brazilian territory are carried in roads, revealing one of the greatest weaknesses of the system. Loads here are transported by roads even along extreme distances involving thousands of kilometers. The cost of road transport is very high in Brazil, especially over long distances, for which we should use other means of transport.
DISTANCES FROM SÃO PAULO CITY TO OTHER LOCATIONS:
São Paulo (SP) – Paranaguá (SP): 442 km (274.64 miles) – 4h54m
São Paulo (SP) – Santos (SP): 72 km (44 miles) - 48m
São Paulo (SP) – Rio de Janeiro (RJ): 429 km (266 miles) – 4h46m
São Paulo (SP) – Natal (RN) – 2.947 km (1831 miles) – 32h44m
São Paulo (SP) – Salvador (BA): 1.962 km (1219 miles) – 21h48m
São Paulo (SP) – Itajai (SC): 617 km (383.3 miles) – 6h51m
São Paulo (SP) – Porto Alegre (RS): 1.109 km (689 miles) – 12h19m
São Paulo (SP) – Recife (PE): 2.660 km (1652 miles) – 29h33m
São Paulo (SP) – Rio Branco (AC): 3.604 km (2239 miles) – 40h02m
São Paulo (SP) – Vitória (ES): 882 km (548 miles) – 9h48m
São Paulo (SP) – Belo Horizonte (MG): 586 km (364 miles) – 6h30m
São Paulo (SP) – Boa Vista (RR): 4.756 km (2955 miles - 52h56m)
São Paulo (SP) – Florianópolis (SC): 705 km (469 miles) - 7h50m
São Paulo (SP) – Ponta Porã (MS): 1.117 km (694 miles) - 12h24m
In this link, you can download a table containing the distances between the main Brazilian cities. You can also check which stretches are unpaved.