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Port of Itajaí container handling grown 225% since 2016

Nov, 19, 2020 Posted by Ruth Hollard

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The movement registered at the Port of Itajaí (public berths and APM Terminals) in October reached historic levels. Since 2013, the port has not handled such a large number of TEU, going from 39,103 TEU in October 2019 to 52,185 in 2020, an increase of 33%. The tonnage movement also increased. In the same period of the previous year, 433,475 tons were handled against 565,311 tons in 2020, an increase of 30%.

“Comparing the monthly handling we had in 2016 – which was 16,000 TEU and our worst movement – with the data from October 2020, we have experienced a growth of 225%. No Brazilian port has grown so much,” highlights the superintendent of the Port of Itajaí, Marcelo Werner Salles. In terms of stopovers, October was also the busiest month this year, with 39 ships moored.

In 2020, even with the Covid-19 pandemic, the exchange rate issue, and no records of Roll-On/Roll-Off operations, the Port of Itajaí demonstrated significant advances and record figures. “Despite these adverse conditions, the Port of Itajaí has ​​had a very positive year, and we expect to maintain this growth in the coming months, ending 2020 with this average 14% to 15% growth”, points out Heder Cassiano Moritz, General Director of Logistics Operations for the Superintendence of the Port of Itajaí. He reinforces that the movement presented in 2020 has exceeded the numbers forecast three years ago, when works, such as the new Evolution Basin, had yet to be completed.


Historical index for the Port Complex of Itajaí and Navegantes

In October, the Itajaí and Navegantes Port Complex registered a movement of 129,311 TEU and 1,431,200 tons. Since 2013, the Complex has not registered such a busy month. It was a jump of 17% in TEU and 15% in tonnage, compared to the same period last year, when 110,072 TEU and 1,245,222 tons were handled.

“The positive numbers that we see on the right margin can also be felt in the complex. In the accumulated result for the year, we see a growth of 12% in relation to 2019, and we project growth of 13% for the end of the year”, completes Héder.

Portonave registered 47 stopovers and moved 852,085 tons and 77,146 TEU, a growth of 7% and 9%, respectively, compared to the same period last year when 797,450 tons and 70,969 TEU were handled.

At Teporti, three stopovers were carried out, and 7,800 tons were moved; at Poly Terminais, one stopover was registered and 6,004 tons were moved; in Barra do Rio and Braskarne there were no stopovers in October.

In October, the main cargo direction was outgoing, and exports made up 63% of the containers handled. The main products exported were chicken, meat, wood, and by-products. The emphasis was on meats, which presented a growth of 51.8% in the movement in relation to October 2019.


Imports accounted for 37% of the loads, with mechanical and electronic products, chemicals, textiles, and misc. being the main imported products. Chemical products increased by 80.5% over the same period last year.

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