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jun 07, 2017

Brazilian port breaks record of exports

This year’s big soybean harvest has helped the Paranaguá port, one of the most important in Brazil, break a record in cargo loads in the first trimester. According to the local government, between January and March 2017, the port handled 11.67 million tons of cargo - that’s 77,000 tons more than last year.
Soybeans, the main crop of the Paraná state agricultural sector, is mainly responsible for the record-breaking performance. With 3.3 million tons alone, the operations involving the good grew 17 percent compared to the first trimester of 2016. Paraná is also the second largest producer of soy in Brazil. 
This year, the favorable climate contributed to the strong increase in production, making it the largest soy harvest in history for the southern state of Paraná. Across the 5.2 million hectares of soy crop, the state finally harvested over 18 million tons of the product. 
The last time the Paraná-based port broke its soybean record was during the 2014-2015 year, when producers harvested 17 million tons. Farmers spoke of this last harvest cycle as the “perfect year”, with rains falling at exactly the right time and little to no drought periods.
This positive performance accompanies the opening of new export canals for Brazilian grains to the north of the country.
“Beyond reaching the agricultural producer that already knew Paranaguá, we are conquering the trust of new sectors in the economy. We invested in modernizing ourselves and today we are prepared to reach all the markets,” said Luiz Henrique Dividino, the president-director of the administration of the Paranaguá and Antonina ports.
In addition to soy, there was a 70 percent increase in the handling of diesel oil cargo, 62 percent in the export of 25,000 vehicles. Finally, there was a high of 18 percent in fertilization imports, which reached 2.92 million tons.
Moreover, the port has distinguished itself for its actions to enhance security proceedings. The port has recently installed a biometric database to control drivers and staff. Only those who belong there will handle the cargo. Many ports in the world have a system that recognizes vehicles’ license plates. But Brazil’s port prevents alien people to use vehicles that have already been signed in.