Ports and Terminals

Paranaguá Container Terminal sets double record in March

May, 24, 2023 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros

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In March, TCP (the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal) achieved two productivity records. One of them is the number of container movements at the gate (vehicle entry and exit). In that month, 42,322 containers accessed the terminal, surpassing the previous record set in August 2019 by 1,028 containers.

One of the factors contributing to the increase in the total number of transactions was the improvement in the scheduling system, which streamlined the service process. Another change was the implementation of the TCP GO application, which brought greater convenience to truck drivers and transport companies.

The application serves as an online alternative to the printed scheduling guide. Truck drivers can display the QR code and access the gate through their mobile phones. TCP GO also enables drivers to track date changes and receive updated notifications about the terminal and road conditions.

According to Felipe de França, TCP’s operations manager, this record was a historic moment for the company. “The market demand increased, and at the time, we had two closed lanes due to expansions. Thanks to system enhancements and heavy investments in technology, we were able to meet the demand and achieve this record. We continue with gate construction works to expand our service capacity.”

The market growth mentioned by França expanded the inflow of containers, leading to the achievement of the second record: an increase in the volume of reefer containers (temperature-controlled containers). A total of 21,356 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were handled, surpassing the previous sector record (20,810) by one month. Nearly 100% of the reefers used in the terminal transport frozen protein, mostly chicken (82%) and beef (12%). According to the Dataliner data system, the leading exporting states are Mato Grosso, with beef, and Paraná, with frozen chicken.

Giovanni Guidolim, TCP’s commercial and customer service manager, explains, “Due to the current reefer structure at the terminal, which has many power outlets, we can offer market flexibility in the early cargo entry. This facilitates meeting exporters’ demands and serves the agricultural sector’s needs. The result of our work is TCP being the world leader in handling frozen chicken for export.”

The reefer yard will undergo a 43% expansion by the end of 2023 to maintain its leadership position. Guidolim comments, “We will increase from 3,572 power outlets to 5,126, which will keep us the terminal with the largest reefer area among Brazilian terminals. To ensure excellence in the new outlets, we have built our power substation and will acquire 11 new Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes, which will be delivered by the end of the year.”

The railway mode of transportation is another advantageous logistical feature for the protein market, with TCP being the only terminal in the country’s southern region with direct access to the customs zone. “The railway is responsible for transporting one in every five export containers to TCP and serves various demands, including 25% of frozen meat exports,” explains Guidolim.

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