Increase in frozen meat exports leveraged the numbers, with beef standing out, which grew 87% in the last six months.

In the first half of 2023, TCP (the company that manages the Paranaguá Containers Terminal) registered a volume of 8.479 beef containers at the terminal, an 87% increase compared to the same period last year (4.531 containers). The numbers follow the general growth of frozen meat in the company, which triggered two records: one of reefer volume (containers normally used for the transportation of animal protein) and another of movements per hour at the pier.

In the month of the double record, 9.529 containers of meat were handled, 68% chicken and 14% beef, with the main destination being China. TCP’s commercial, logistics and customer service manager, Giovanni Guidolim, explains that “we have the largest reefer area in Brazil and our goal is to continue maintaining this excellence in the sector, expanding our services more and more”.

The Dataliner data system reports that Mato Grosso is the leading state in beef production for export at the terminal. “Several states are using our logistical advantages, especially flexibility, to receive the shipment of reefer volumes for export in advance. Mato Grosso is the champion in this use”, explains Guidolim.

Another differential of TCP is the railroad modal, the only one in the south of the country with direct access to the bonded zone. According to the commercial manager, “the railroad is responsible for transporting one in five export containers to the terminal and meets several demands, including 25% of frozen meat exports”.

TCP records in 2023

In June, TCP recorded its fourth month of records in 2023. This time, the company handled 10,750 reefer containers, surpassing the mark of 10,682 movements reached in March this year. The second record was in relation to the monthly operation on ships. TCP reached an average of 106.6 MPH (movements per hour), surpassing the last record registered in October last year of 106.1 MPH.

Operations Manager Felipe de França explains that “the sequence of handling records reflects the high level of market demand and terminal production. We invest continuously in processes, always combining strategies with current scenarios. The results reflect the team’s commitment to service excellence”.

Among the most recent investment projects is the expansion and modernization of the gates and the increase of reefer plugs from 3.572 to 5.126 by the end of 2023. The terminal has also recently implemented a substation to sustain power consumption for the increased area for temperature-controlled containers. In addition, by the end of the year, 11 new Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG) will be delivered to meet not only current demand but also expected organic growth.

The other records achieved in 2023 were in February, March and May. The achievements were in the reefer handling, monthly throughput and daily container throughput sectors at the gate.

Mayara Locatelli