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VLI and Bunge partner to ensure multimodal sugar transportation

Aug, 02, 2022 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros


VLI – a logistics solutions company that operates in terminals, railways, and ports – has just renewed a contract with BP Bunge Bioenergia, one of the largest sugarcane processors in the country. VLI is responsible for 27% of all Brazilian sugar exports through the Luiz Antonio Mesquita Port Integrator Terminal (Tiplam). The recently-signed agreement provides for the transportation of a large part of the volume of VHP sugar produced at BP Bunge’s mills.

The cargo will be collected at the company’s plants in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Goiás in a door-to-door operation carried out by VLI until reaching the Port of Santos region through Trato, a VLI-owned startup responsible for the road logistics from the company’s plants to FCA railway, attesting to VLI’s strength in offering multimodal solutions.

Upon arrival at Tiplam, the commodity will be exported mainly to Asia and the Middle East markets. Raw sugar is shipped to the world’s main refineries, where it is processed and distributed on the market.

“Such operation exemplifies VLI’s multimodality, which provides customers with the best logistics solution for every need. We could load in less time using this format, increasing efficiency throughout the process. BP Bunge is an essential partner that, like VLI, emphasizes operational security and adaptability,” emphasizes VLI’s Commercial Manager of Sugar, Jandher Carvalho.

BP Bunge, a joint venture resulting from the union of the bioenergy and sugar businesses of the BP and Bunge groups, has 11 industrial units located in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Tocantins. In terms of crushing capacity, it is the second largest group in the sugar-energy segment and has the potential to produce up to 1.7 million tonnes of sugar per harvest.

“Brazilian sugar has a substantial market share in the world. The continuation of this partnership with VLI enables us to realize scale advantages and promote synergy in sugar export operations, linking mills to the port in an integrated, fluid, and, above all, safe manner,” says André Villela de Andrade, BP Bunge Bioenergia Planning and Logistics Manager.

Historically, Brazil is among the largest sugar producers in the world. In 2022, the National Supply Company (Conab) expects that the production in the Center-South will surpass the mark of 36 million tonnes, registering an increase of 13.3% compared to the 2021 harvest.

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