Terminal broke four other productivity records in April; handling in the four-month period grew by more than 30% compared to the same period last year

On April 28, 2024, TCP, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal, reached the milestone of 500,000 TEUs (equivalent to 20 feet of container length) handled 42 days earlier than in 2023. That year, the feat took place on June 9.

In addition to surpassing half a million, three other productivity records were broken in the same month. One of them was the second consecutive high in monthly container throughput, which reached 135,678 TEUs, surpassing the 133,083 in March.

In the first four months of this year, TCP handled 509,230 TEUs, an increase of 38% compared to 368,720 in 2023. According to TCP’s commercial, logistics and service manager, Giovanni Guidolim, “the acquisition of equipment, expanding the machinery park to 40 RTGs (gantry cranes on tires) and 69 TTs (transport trucks), as well as the completion of the renovation work on the gates (road access routes to the terminal), show that the most recent investments made to improve the Terminal’s operational capacity are already generating results, both in terms of the increase in volume handled and the conversion of new customers, who come from various states in the country.”

Among the commercial segments that grew the most in the first four months of the year were meat and frozen food exports, and agribusiness commodities such as wood, paper and cellulose. In terms of imports, the highlight goes to goods from the automotive, electronics and chemicals sectors.

TCP breaks two new operational records at the gate

The entry and exit of cargo through the gates registered two new productivity records in April. The first was the number of monthly transactions, which reached 54,984 containers, 11% higher than the 49,517 handled in November 2023.

The second milestone was daily transactions: the Terminal reached three new all-time highs in container handling through the access gates to the operations yard: 2,461, 2,440 and 2,379 on April 17, 23 and 24, respectively.

According to TCP’s operations planning manager, Felipe de França, “the conclusion of the refurbishment of our gates in April brings greater efficiency, agility, safety and automation to our customers, especially truck drivers.” The new structure improves the flow of vehicle access by 200%, increasing the capacity of entry appointments per hour from 50 to 150.

“Just as we hit the half a million mark more than a month in advance, our expectation is that performance will continue at this pace throughout 2024, enabling us to reach the mark of 1 million TEUs handled earlier this year,” says Guidolim.

Vinicius Valginhak