About two-thirds of all the cargo going in and out of Brazil goes through the port of Santos. And more than half of the cargo moving through the port goes from, to or through greater Sao Paulo. The stretch of mountain and road between the city and the port is the aorta of the Brazilian shipping flow.
And does it need an angioplasty.
There are two roads that connect greater Sao Paulo and Santos--the Imigrantes and the Anchieta. The windy, mountain-hugging roadways test truckers' gears on the best of days. Cars full of weekend warriors further fray the truckers' patience.
During the worst of days--which includes any given weekend, any time it rains or gets foggy--it'd be easier...