The terminal’s annual balance sheet records 10 new productivity records

In 2023, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) set a new all-time record: 1,253,397 TEUs (20-foot-long containers) were handled during the year, 7.93% more than the last record, set in 2022. The annual balance also showed nine more productivity records, one of which was monthly handling, which reached 127,877 TEUs in December.

The leading provider of maritime services in Brazil, with 19 weekly calls, TCP recorded the highest number of berths for a single month also in December, reaching 83 vessels and surpassing the old mark of 77 ships, which had been reached in October of the same year.

“The results obtained in the 2023 balance show an advance in the terminal’s productivity on all fronts, the result of our most recent investments, which always seek to guarantee our clients greater agility and flexibility in export, import and storage operations,” said TCP’s operations planning manager, Felipe de França.

In November, two records came from the transportation of cargo through the terminal’s 9 gates (where trucks enter and exit). Over the course of the month, 49,517 containers were transported, 2,345 of them in a single day, surpassing the previous records from the previous month.

The movement of reefer containers reached 11,487 in October, an increase of 6.79% on the last high, which was in June. “The transportation and storage of reefer containers is one of the most important segments within the terminal, which motivated us to invest in expanding the number of outlets in the reefer yard from 3,624 to 5,268, an increase of 45% that will position TCP as the largest reefer container yard in South America,” says TCP’s commercial, logistics and customer service manager, Giovanni Guidolim.

In rail transport, two records were achieved in August, with the highlight being the monthly throughput, which reached 9,356 containers, of which 4,688 were full containers. TCP is the only terminal in southern Brazil with a direct connection from the railroad to the bonded area.

In operation since 2021, KBT, the intermodal logistics project that connects TCP to a container terminal located at Klabin’s plant in Ortigueira (PR), via a railway branch operated by Brado Logística, also recorded two records in August. That month, TCP handled 3,607 containers from the KBT, an increase of 8.18% on the previous high; of this total, 1,776 containers were full, which represented a new peak in this modality.

Agribusiness products lead exports at TCP

The annual balance also brought several positive results in different export segments. Animal protein, the main commodity transported by the terminal, increased by 19% compared to the same period in 2022, reaching 235,898 TEUs exported. Of this volume, chicken meat (181,878), beef (37,169) and pork (14,369) stand out. The TCP is currently considered the largest frozen chicken export corridor in the world.

Sugar was the commodity that underwent the greatest variation for the period, with an increase of 12,667% in the volume exported, rising from 45 TEUs in 2022 to 5,745 TEUs in 2023.

In terms of imports, the main shipments that landed at TCP in the previous year were from the chemical products segment (43,756), machinery and mechanical components (34,081), and plastics and articles (31,489).

Isabelle Veloso Sousa