There were 20,709 TEUs of refrigerated cargo handled in August, the best month in the company’s history. The necessary structure could supply power to an entire city.
The Paranaguá Container Terminal ended the month of August with the largest movement of reefer cargo in its history: 20,709 TEUs (20-foot container units). The high volume is also the largest number of reefer cargo ever handled by any Brazilian container terminal in a single month, and was driven by the chicken meat market, the main commodity handled by TCP.
According to Thomas Lima, commercial and institutional director of the company, there is a search of the protein market for ports with greater capacity. “TCP has a historical leadership in the meat and frozen food segment. We have invested in our structure to receive this type of cargo, and today we guarantee space and flexibility for our customers,” he says.
The company’s structure has 3,624 outlets for refrigerated containers and a rail connection that supports the main cold storage plants in Paraná. To guarantee the low temperatures of more than 20 thousand TEUs of frozen products handled in August, the terminal used enough electricity to supply a city with 156 thousand inhabitants, equivalent to Paranaguá.
TCP supplies about 160 cold storage plants from different states of the country, besides Paraguay. According to Fábio Artifon, Seara Alimentos’ Logistics Director, the Paraná terminal plays a fundamental role in the group’s commercial performance. “The growth in our registered export volume in poultry and pork is a reflection of a R$8 billion investment plan in JBS’s operations in Brazil over the next few years. To sustain this growth, we need partners who have robust structures, and TCP has full capacity to serve us and support us in our needs,” emphasizes the executive.
The amount of food exported in August by the terminal would be enough to supply the daily consumption of meat in the city of São Paulo for almost three months, considering the national average. Thomas Lima points out that the record volume is a sum of several factors such as structure, logistics platform, and the good alignment between TCP, the Maritime and Port Authorities and ship owners. “TCP makes up the largest export corridor for chicken meat in the world. We are an international reference in the port market, and we work continuously to improve our services to ensure the credibility of our clients in their respective markets,” adds the director.
Currently, 78% of frozen exports handled by TCP originate in Paraná, 7% in Mato Grosso do Sul, 6% in Santa Catarina, 5% in São Paulo, and the remaining 4% come from different states.
In August, the /Terminal also broke the record of total movement, with 104,541 thousand TEUs. The previous record had been registered in May 2021, with 99,070 TEUs handled
The accumulated movement for the year (January to August 2021) is 740,186 TEUs, which represents a growth of 14% compared with the same period of the previous year (646,630 TEUs).