Porto Itapoa records more market share gains

Commercial director of Itapoá Roberto Pandolfo said that the increase in containers through the port is due to the hard work of the commercial department in targeting new shipper business. Photo credit: Porto Itapoá. Porto Itapoá is winning market share in an intense battle for containerized cargo in the southern Brazilian state...

Itajai berth project will allow larger ships

The expansion project also marks the end of a long journey of recovery from the area's devastating 2008 flood. Photo credit: Cristiano Andujar. An improvement project at Brazil’s third-largest container port, the Itajai Port Complex (IPC), will enable the key APM Terminals Itajai to handle both larger ships and more calls.  When...

Brazil's TRG turns port productivity corner

There is a productivity uptrend at a key container facility in Brazil. Shippers, terminal owners Wilson, Sons, and ocean carriers are benefiting from vastly improved productivity — up to almost 157 moves per hour, the highest in Brazil — at the Tecon Rio Grande (TRG) box facility, in southern Brazil. Most of...

Terminal consolidation comes to Brazil

Brazil is a leading exporter of various fruits (melons, apples, mangoes, oranges, bananas, watermelons, grapes and papaya), chicken, beef and pork as well as coffee. Photo credit: Shutterstock. This week’s start of the 550 million reais ($167 million) expansion of Terminal de Conteineres de Paranagua (TCP) and DP World’s acquisition of...

Fruit shippers set to gain from new Suape terminal

Capacity of Suape Industrial Port Complex would more than double with the new terminal. Photo credit: Tecon Suape. Brazilian fruit shippers could be the biggest beneficiaries of the auction for a concession for a new container terminal in the Suape Industrial Port Complex (SIPC). Fruit shippers in the region have grown frustrated...

Deeper draft ushers in new era for Rio de Janeiro port

MultiRio and its local rival Libra Rio are using their deeper draft as a selling point to container lines. Photo credit: Multiterminais Dredging at the port of Rio de Janeiro will enable it to handle ships of 10,000 to 12,000 TEU, positioning it to build on recently won services. The port now...

Santos customs follows up week of slowdowns with strike

Truck and train movement into Santos will be delayed during a one-day strike. Photo credit: Rob Ward Customs officers in the key Brazilian port of Santos went ahead with a one-day strike, guaranteeing further delays and extra warehousing costs for shippers after a week of slowdowns. All cargo will be affected apart...

Crop failures, weak prices pull down Brazil coffee exports

Bags of coffee wait in a warehouse for shipment. Photo credit: Shutterstock Crop failures and poor global prices are pulling down Brazilian coffee exports, with outbound volume down 10 percent in the first three quarters to 61,391 TEU and US imports of the caffeinated beans down 5.1 percent in the same...

Brazil box shuttle finds success in first year

The Tecon Rio Grande terminal is a gateway for the Rio Grande do Sul state capitol of nearby Porto Alegre. Wilport Portuarias Operadores’ box shuttle between Porto Alegre and the Tecon Rio Grande (TRG) container terminal has found a market, moving 16,000 TEU in the year since it began. The Wilport shuttle...

Manzanillo container yards to speed truck fluidity

Squeezed by rising cargo volumes, the port of Manzanillo is setting up a series of yards for storing imports several miles outside the...