The ports of Paranaguá and Antonina, Brazil, handled 3.44 million tons of cargo in the first 31 days of the year, highlighting general cargo and liquid bulk, both import and export.

According to data published by the public company Portos do Paraná, more than 55% of the movement (1.9 million tons) corresponds to solid bulk. However, the largest increases occur in shipments and landings of liquid bulks (25% compared to the same month of the previous year) and general cargo (19% increase in the period).

Luiz Fernando Garcia, CEO of Portos do Paraná, said that “we have the capacity and structure to handle different types of cargo, with efficiency and agility. This is essential because it ensures that the port maintains activity, jobs and investments, without depending on a single type of product”.

In the first month of 2020, the ports of Paraná handled 610.37 thousand tons of liquid bulk. In the same month of the previous year, there were 487,835 tons.

Within this segment, the products that register the largest increase are oil products, whose export volume (103,528 tons) is 491% higher than that registered in January last year (17,517 tons). In imports, an increase of 35%, from 275,884 tons in January 2019 to 371,518 tons in 2020.

The movement of vegetable oils, mainly soybean, was 27,548 tons in January. The volume is 6% higher than that recorded in the first 31 days of 2019. These products are exported, mainly to Asia.

In January, the ports of Paraná handled 917,855 tons of general cargo. The volume is 19% higher than that recorded in the first month of 2019. The exports of sugar in bags and in the movement of containers, in both directions, stand out.

In the first days of last year, there was no shipment of sugar in bags. This year, however, 25,077 tons were exported to Africa, generating an increase of 17% for the sugar segment in general, despite the fact that the bulk product registered a decrease of 10%.

Paraná currently has the largest capacity to handle containers in Brazil. The Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) handles the most different products, with emphasis on frozen chicken for export and fertilizers for import.

In January of this year, 74,976 TEU were imported and exported through the Port of Paranaguá. The total is 20% higher than that handled in 2019, when there were 62,617 TEUs.