The Port of Santos, on the coast of São Paulo, registered the largest movement of containers for the month of October, in 2020. There were 4.3 million tons, an increase of 0.2% over the previous record, reached in the same month in 2019. The data were released by the Santos Port Authority (SPA), the Santos Port Authority.
According to the survey, the performance reflects the beginning of the economic recovery during the pandemic. According to the SPA, in October, 383,933 TEU were handled (standard measure for the 20-foot container). In tonnage, containerized cargo also broke a record for the month, with 4.3 million tons.
There was also a highlight for the transportation of cargoes of soy and sugar, with 21.1 million and 20.1 million tons, respectively, with increases of 19.9% and 68.1%. There was also an increase in the movement of cellulose, with 4.7 million tons and an increase of 16%, and soybean meal in bulk, with 5.8 million tons and growth of 15%.
"The movement of containers was greatly affected by the pandemic, with the reduction in ship travel and less industrial production, but the numbers point to a recovery in demand in Brazil and in the world", pointed out SPA president, Fernando Biral.
Cargo handling in general, during the month of October, fell by 3.1% compared to 2019, with 12.4 million tons. There was a drop in the transport of solid vegetable bulks and in the export of sugar.
In 2020, the accumulated movement of the year registered 122.5 million tons, an increase of 8.7% in the annual base and a record for the ten-month period. The result was driven by exports, which reached 90.4 million tons, up 13.3%. Imports, on the other hand, registered a decrease of 2.5%, a total of 32.2 million tons.