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APM Terminals sets all-time growth record in Itajaí

Growth shows the strength of Brazilian international trade 

Despite the pandemic, APM Terminals Itajaí Terminal grew double digits in 2020, keeping up its rhythm of the last three years. Until October, the terminal had moved more than 457,000 TEUS, up 13.4% versus 403,000 over the same period the year before. The forecast is to beat the million mark by December. APM Terminals Itajaí had its historically busiest month in October with 53,000 TEUs. Growth has exceeded 200% on an accumulated basis between 2017 and 2020. 

South On The Rise

Now in Itajaí, frozen goods exports and a comeback in imports in the second half dictated growth. Of Brazil’s 10 biggest ports, APM Terminals was the only one to see imports growth, according to Datamar statistics up to August of this year. 

In terms of export, Itajaí was among the four of the 10 biggest terminals that saw an increase, registering the largest growth at 21%, according to Datamar up to August.

There are many reasons for this growth, says APM Terminals Itajaí Managing Director Aristides Russi Júnior. “We can cite many reasons including the weaker Real, strong industry especially in exports, but we also had an expressive increase in our market share increasing it among the ports of Santa Catarina, which shows that APM Terminals is consolidating in the region despite strong competition in the state.”

Commercial director at APM Terminals Itajaí Daniel Belisário highlights that extra services offered are attractive to clients too. “Our team developed new products to boost our source of revenue, allowing us to offer real value-added services to our LSC clients, helping optimize our supply chain, diversify our products portfolio, allowing us to increase our net results.”

In terms of infrastructure, Itajaí inaugurated its turning basin in 2020. With the new basin, the terminal can now receive ships of up to 350m with a 48m beam. The work has definitively placed Itajaí on the route of the biggest ships that sail the Brazilian coastline. On top of this, APM Terminals Itajaí invested BRL14 million in reach stackers in the second half of last year, improving operational capacity.