Uruguay offers clear competitive advantages to the investor, including a privileged geographic location and a suitable and rapidly developing support infrastructure for passengers and
merchandise transport by sea, air and land.
More importantly, Uruguay is the ideal location to distribute merchandise to the most affluent region of South America.
Distances between Montevideo and major regional cities are as follows (in km):
• Buenos Aires 250 km (air distance)
• Sao Paulo 1970 km
• Santiago de Chile 1900 km
Uruguay’s highway network is the most elaborate in Latin America and the Caribbean with 45 km of paved highway per 1,000 km2 of surface area. There are no restrictions on international cargo in transit.
Uruguay connects to Argentina and Brazil and to the rest of the continent at several border crossings.
The country’s main port of Montevideo receives shipping lines from around the world and accounts for most of Uruguay’s exports, imports and merchandise in transit. Montevideo has the first and only terminal on South America’s Atlantic coast operating under the free port system.
In a phase of full expansion, private and public terminals operate at the port of Montevideo, one of the region’s most important distribution points. Meanwhile, the port of Nueva Palmira on the Uruguay River heads up the largest river transport system in South America. Nueva Palmira is at a key point along the 3,443 kilometer long Paraguay-Paraná waterway that connects to the De La Plata River and later to the Atlantic Ocean. The port of Nueva Palmira.