Despite the crisis that hit the main ports of the world, Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) handled more than 1 million TEUs in the year.

TCP – Paranaguá Container Terminal – ended 2021 with a movement of 1.1 million TEUs (unit equivalent to a 20-foot container). The final balance is the result of investments in infrastructure and logistics capacity, and represents a growth of 12% compared to 2020, when the company handled 983,000 TEUs.

Amidst a challenging tide for the port sector, the growth of operations carried out by TCP was driven mainly by the increase in the number of imports, 20% higher than in 2020. The market segments on this front were consumer goods and electronics, and the automotive sector, which showed a recovery and handled 20,227 TEUs more than the previous year in the Paraná terminal.

Container exports followed in line with 2020, handling 401,166 TEUs in the year, and are headed by commodities, mainly meat and frozen goods, a segment in which the terminal is a leader. “We are the largest frozen goods terminal in the country, with 3,624 outlets for reefer containers. This structure allows us to transport the large volume of meat produced in the states of Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo and Santa Catarina, and Paranaguá is the largest frozen poultry export corridor in the world.” says Thomas Lima, Commercial and Institutional Director of the Terminal.

New challenges for 2022

In December, TCP announced a new expansion of its portfolio, with another maritime service departing from East Asia. Hyundai ships will arrive at the end of this month at the Port, and with the new partnership, the company now has seven regular services to the Far East – the largest number on offer on the Brazilian coast – enhancing Paranaguá’s performance in foreign trade. In addition, an expansion of the operational draught by one meter is also foreseen, adding approximately 400 additional containers per call.

“Despite the crisis of lack of containers that affected all major ports in the world, TCP continues to increase the handling capacity, investing in people and equipment. We also made more maritime routes possible in Paranaguá, offering competitive options for importers and exporters,” explains Lima.

For 2022, TCP starts from the historic volume reached in 2021 and aims to continue the efforts already made, aiming for continuous growth: “The mark of 1.1 million TEUs is the result of serious work, done by a team committed to results and delivery. It is an achievement dedicated to the people of Paranaguá who believe in and support our work,” concludes the executive.

Thaisa Tanaka