Terminal recorded an increase of 28% in volume handled in relation to the same period last year.
In the first four months of 2023, the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) handled more than US$ 2.23 billion of frozen meat for export. The data are from the statistics system Comex Stat and reveal a growth of 44% compared to the same period last year.
Frozen meat is TCP’s main export commodity, with a movement of 38.235 containers in the period. The number is 28% higher compared to the first four months of 2022.
Of this total, chicken meat corresponds to 80% of the cargo handled, and TCP is the largest export corridor of this type of protein in the world. The main destination is Asia, responsible for the purchase of 66% of the total volume.
According to TCP’s Commercial, Logistics and Customer Service Manager, Giovanni Guidolim, the reason for the increase in the commodity is the terminal’s structure, which has the largest reefer yard in Brazil.
Guidolim explains that “we are making large investments in the reefer area to meet the growing market demand. By the end of 2023, the number of plugs in the yard will increase from 3.572 to 5.126, which represents a 43% increase in the storage capacity of this type of cargo. We also built a power substation to support the expansion”.
The flexibility to receive in advance the shipment of reefer volumes for export is also another advantage of the terminal. One of the states that benefited from the measure was Mato Grosso, the largest producer of beef for export through Paraná (35%). This flexibility stimulated a growth of 137% in beef handling in the first four months of this year at TCP.
The expectation for the coming months is one of a significant growth, especially in relation to beef. According to Giovanni, “with the qualification of several frigorifics to export beef to China and the end of the chinese embargo for this type of meat, the expectation is that the demand for the protein will increase even more”.