Cargo handled at Port of Santos increases but TEU totals fall

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The Brazilian Port of Santos saw a total of 12.2 million tons of cargo handled in September, an increase on 2019’s figures, but total TEU throughput fell by 10.8%.

In terms of total tons handled September 2020 was the second-best monthly movement for the month of September, seeing an overall 5.2% increase on the same period of the previous year.

In the accumulated result for the year, the movement reached 110.1 million tons, an increase of 10.2% over the same period of 2019 and 9.7% over the previous record for the interval, recorded in 2018. With this, the expectation is to end the year with the best mark in history, above the 134 million tons of 2019 – which was already a record.

However, Containerized cargo fell 10.8%, from 386,165 TEU to 344,427 TEU in September 2020.

For the year overall, container handling reached 3,011,362 TEU at Santos, a decrease of 1.6% over the same period in 2019. The flow of ships in the year accumulates 3,692 vessels, 2.1% above the previous year.

The Ports said in a statement, both in the month and in the accumulated result for the year, shipments rose by double digits, compensating for the drop in landings and guaranteeing positive performance.

The Port maintained its historical level of participation in the Brazilian trade chain, accounting for 28.3% of national exchanges in the year. Approximately 27.0% of domestic commercial transactions with foreign countries that passed through the complex had China as a partner country. São Paulo is the state with the largest share (56.8%) in commercial transactions abroad with Porto.

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