Terminal set a historical general handling record with 99.070 TEUs last month, with emphasis on refrigerated cargo. Customers in the segment reinforce their partnership with the company.
Consolidated as the terminal with the largest movement of refrigerated containers in Brazil, TCP – the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal, closed the month of May with a new record in container handling, with 99,070 TEUs handled. Refrigerated loads, such as beef, pork and chicken, were decisive for the good result, totaling 16,923 TEUs handled in the period.
With a robust structure, privileged geographic location, variety of maritime services, agility in receiving cargo and operating ships, the Terminal attracts producers from the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul and others. This is the case of Seara Alimentos, headquartered in Itajaí-SC, which exported, in May, 30,000 tonnes of frozen products such as poultry and pork, which are exported mainly to Japan, China, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Iraq , South Korea, among others.
In 2020, the company had a 17% increase in exports, which Osvaldo de Carvalho Filho, Seara’s foreign market logistics manager, attributed to increased production and better conditions at the Paranaguá Container Terminal for early receipt of refrigerated containers.
He explains that the partnership between the Seara Group and the Terminal has a long-standing relationship and has been strengthened in recent times due to several factors such as strategic location, support for road and rail flows, operational competence and level of excellence in the services provided. “These are fundamental structures so that it is possible to maintain the growth of exports and imports and guarantee the competitiveness of the Brazilian product in the international scenario”, he assesses.
The volume of 99,070 TEUs last May was 17.8% higher than that recorded in the same month in 2020, when 84,088 TEUs were handled. From January to May 2021, the Terminal handled 454,519 TEUs. In comparison with 2020, the growth is 14%, when the total cargo handled in the period was 398,589 TEUs.
This is the second historical record for monthly handling achieved by the Terminal in 2021, the previous one recorded in March, with 95,575 TEUs handled.
According to Thomas Lima, TCP’s Commercial and Institutional Director, the result is mainly due to the growth in refrigerated cargo exports, which reached 16,923 TEUs in the month – the largest movement since July 2020, when 16,907 TEUs of products that integrate the category.
“Meats and frozen foods, mainly chicken, were the main products moved in exports and were responsible for TCP’s good performance in May. In addition, it is also worth mentioning the importation of raw material, mainly from the automotive industry, which had a strong recovery”, explains the executive.
Lima also highlights that in recent years TCP has been preparing to break records, investing in structure, equipment, operating systems and training its teams. “The qualification of the teams is crucial for us to achieve high levels of productivity and attractive commercial conditions. In practical terms, our strategic objectives naturally bring us closer to our customers, authorities and the community, generating sustainable benefits over time – which, when connected, become a virtuous circle”, he concludes.