The Santos Commercial Association – 150 years in the Forefront
When the Port of Santos was nothing more than rickety wooden piers, local businessmen with vision decided that to become a world reference of success they would have to do it on their own. They established the Santos Commercial Association in 1870.
They led the organized port’s construction, the eradication of endemic diseases, the building of potable water and sewer systems, city lighting and power, public transportation, railroad systems, and the city’s reorganization taking it from a small colonial village to a point-of-entry for the world. They created a safe business environment by regulating trading houses, warehouses, establishing tariffs, and issuing warranty certificates essential to make sure the then emerging coffee business would flourish.
Going 150 years strong, the young Association works to speed up business to assure it is sound, balanced, and sustainable.