Ports and Terminals

Rio Grande and Pelotas record the best first half on record

Jul, 21, 2021 Posted by Ruth Hollard

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The Port of Rio Grande, the main complex of the Rio Grande do Sul hydro port system, had the best first half of its history, moving 20,805,726 tons.

During the first six months of the year, the port handled 7,101,372 tons of general cargo, 12,074,850 tons of solid bulk, and another 1,629,504 tons of liquid bulk. Exports also included shipments of soybeans, but the share of wood cargo had the highest percentage increase in the period compared to last year, showing an increase of more than 315%.

When compared to the 2020 movement in the same period, the other categories that drove handling were wheat (69.01%), soybean meal (24.02%), tobacco (23.97%), and wood chips (21.11%). All of this cargo went to China, which imported 57% of Brazil’s exported cargo.

Besides Rio Grande, the Port of Pelotas also registered satisfactory numbers for the first half, moving 704,626 tons. The public pier in Pelotas also had its best first-half ever. Compared to the same period in 2020, handling increased by 32.25%.

The movement of wood logs last semester reached 559,132 tons at the port of Pelotas, while clinker reached the level of 128,718 tons and soybeans 24,766 tons. Even though it seems like a small amount, this is the second month in a row that soybeans have been handled in the port of Pelotas, a practice that was not common until April of this year.

In Porto Alegre, fertilizers continue to lead the ranking, with 399,238 tons handled. Next came barley (84,265 tons), wheat (32,095 tons), salt (20,280 tons), and 463 tons of other types of cargo. The percentage increase in the capital port’s handling was 28.27% compared to the same period last year.

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