Port of Santos breaks record in June and in the semester

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Published in jul 31 2020 - 15:19


In June, the Port of Santos registered its 5th consecutive monthly record when handling 12.3 million tons, up 6.2% over the same period in 2019. The result was driven by the good performance of granel shipments, which advanced 14.6%, to 9.4 million tons, driven mainly by agricultural commodities exports, which offset the 14.3% drop in landings in the month. The highlights were the soy complex, whose exports increased 54.8%, to 3.9 million tons, and sugar shipments, which jumped 58.6%, to 2 million tons. Another cargo that performed well in June was cellulose, which increased 26.2%, to 492.7 thousand tons.

The containers volume handled, measured in TEUs (standard unit of a 20-foot container), decreased 13.5%, to 309 thousand TEU, reflecting the impact of the pandemic on international trade. Those numbers did not affect the behavior of the cargo in the first half. Year-to-date, 2 million TEU were handled, which means an increase of 4.3% compared to the same period in 2019.

“This exceptional performance reflect the strength of agribusiness and the favorable effect of the exchange rate on exports. Even the containers, more affected by the pandemia due to the fact that  handles cargoes with greater added value, also registered an important advance. This would not be possible without the efficiency gains in the Port as the result of the investments made by the terminals and the new management of the Santos Port Authority (SPA)”, said Fernando Biral, CEO of SPA.

In the general balance of cargo for the first half, Port of Santos  also broke a record by reaching the historic mark of 70.3 million tons, an increase of 10.6% over January-June 2019, as a result of the 13.9% and 2.6% of exports and imports, respectively. The best performers were the sugar shipments, with an increase of 40% and 8.7 million tons handled; 27% increase in the soy complex, to 22.8 million tons; and 17.7% in cellulose, to 2.8 million tons. On the other hand, there was an increase in landings of fertilizers, with 2.7 million tons, up 30.2%, and diesel and diesel, with 1.4 million tons, up 30.1%. In June, the number of ships at berth totaled 398, slightly (-1%) lower in the annual comparison. In the semester, it reached 2.3 thousand vessels, an increase of 1.4%.