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Waterway success: Porto Murtinho experiences 80% surge in cargo transportation

May, 26, 2023 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros

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The waterway in the Porto Murtinho region is expected to see the flow of 1.2 million tonnes of products this year, mainly soybeans and sugar. This forecast was made by Mato Grosso do Sul’s Secretary of Environment, Economic Development, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Jaime Verruck, who visited the city of Porto Murtinho and the construction site of a bridge connecting it to Carmelo Peralta in Paraguay.

According to statistics released by Brazil’s National Agency for Aquatic Transportation (ANTAQ), from January to March this year, Mato Grosso do Sul increased the cargo throughput at the waterway by over 80%, reaching nearly 1.6 million tonnes. The highlight was iron ore, with over 1.3 million tonnes, followed by soybeans, which came specifically from Porto Murtinho, surpassing 153,000 tonnes.

“These expressive numbers show the success of the Export Stimulation Program (Proex) developed by the state in the past,” Verruck emphasized. He recalls that more than 300,000 tonnes of grains and sugar were shipped through the private FV Cereais port terminal last year. At the same time, the forecast for 2023 is a record-breaking activity, surpassing 1.2 million tonnes.

The FV Group-owned terminal, inaugurated in 2020, is responsible for handling cargo in Porto Murtinho, mostly transporting grains. It has an area of 50 hectares, including 26 hectares of usable space and 500 meters facing the Paraguay River.

The terminal can load up to 1,000 tonnes of soybeans, corn, sugar, and fertilizers per hour. Additionally, its overall capacity allows for handling up to 2 million tonnes of grains every year.

Such an optimistic expectation for the year is based on the soybean crop failure in Argentina. “This year, exceptionally, Argentina is going through a crop failure situation. As a result, the country is now purchasing soybeans. Therefore, we anticipate that our exports will reach a record level this year, with already noticeable impacts on ports,” he emphasized, underscoring the potential of the waterway to bolster exports from Mato Grosso do Sul and potentially facilitate imports in the future.

Source: Idest

To read the original material, please visit: https://idest.com.br/economia/transporte-pela-hidrovia-de-ms-cresce-80-e-porto-murtinho-deve-exportar-ate-1-2-milhao-de-toneladas

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