Itaguaí Port handled the most iron ore in the 2nd semester

Oct, 05, 2020 Posted by Ruth Hollard

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The Port of Itaguaí was the public port that handled the most iron ore in the 2nd semester.  Data from the Waterway Information Bulletin released by the National Waterway Transport Agency (ANTAQ), on September 30, points out that the Port of Itaguaí was the busiest public port in terms of iron ore operations in the second quarter of 2020, handling 12.5% of the total cargo from public ports and Private Use Terminals (TUPs) in Brazil.

The survey also highlights the fact that Itaguaí handled 10.3 million tons of this product in the second quarter of this year, an increase of 14.8% when compared to the second quarter of 2019. The other three facilities that handled more iron ore were the Ponta da Madeira, Tubarão Terminal and Porto do Açu TUPs. The four ports together accounted for 84.8% of the total iron ore handled in the country.

The survey also reveals that iron ore makes up 46.4% of the main solid bulk transported in Brazil, followed by soybeans (28.3%), bauxite (4.6%), and fertilizers (4.4%). The increased Chinese demand and the favorable exchange rate justify the positive performance of these loads.

The data also point out that solid bulk was responsible for 62.3% of the total gross weight handled in the second quarter (286.4 million tons). 178.5 million tons of solid bulk were loaded and unloaded at public and private ports, an increase of 9.4% when compared to the same period last year.

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