Ports and Terminals

Pecém resumes fresh fruit exports to Europe

Sep, 06, 2021 Posted by Ruth Hollard

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On September 2, the Pecém port terminal resumed the export service for the fresh fruit harvest produced in the northeast of Brazil. Shortly before 8:00 pm that day, the MSC Caterina ship docked at the Port of Pecém’s multi-purpose terminal (TMUT) to load melons, mangoes, and grapes headed to Europe.

In the first shipment, approximately 260 reefer containers were sent to the European continent through the NWC line, operated by MSC  and which covers seven ports in six European countries: Port of Rotterdam/Netherlands; Port of London/England; Port of Bremerhaven/Germany; Port of Hamburg/Germany; Port of Antwerp/Belgium; Port of Le Havre/France; and Port of Sines/Portugal.

See below a history of melon, mango, and grape exports via Porto do Pecém since August 2020. Data are from DataLiner:

Exports of Melons, Mangoes, and Grapes via Porto do Pecém  | Aug 2020 to Jul 2021 | TEU

Source: DataLiner (To request a DataLiner demo click here)

The fruits shipped from Porto do Pecém come from 40 producers located in the states of Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, and Bahia, in the São Francisco River Valley. There are 15 melon-producing groups and another 35 mango- and grape-producing groups, which in some cases are harvested just hours before boarding at the Ceará terminal.

Today, the fruits shipped from Porto do Pecém are mainly consumed in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. But other countries also consume the northeastern production through the three fruit export services currently operated by the following shipping companies: MSC, Hapag Group, and Maersk Group:

– Europe Service: NWC line via MSC/Hapag Group

– Mediterranean Service: WMED line via MSC/Hapag Group

– United States Service: TANGO line via Hamburg Sud/Maersk Group

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