Road freight aimed at agribusiness grows by 65% in the 1st half


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The amount of specific road freight for agribusiness in Brazil rose 65% in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2020.

Furthermore, of the total freight in the first half of the year, 37% belonged to the agro category, which generated R$ 10.8 billion in cargo movement on the roads during the period.

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The data was collected by FreteBras – an online freight transport platform – and gathered in the 4th edition of the “FreteBras Report – Road Freight Transport in Brazil”, launched this Thursday.

The platform calculated the data based on the analysis of 3.44 million shipments during January to June this year, informs FreteBras, in a note.

Also according to the report, the total amount of road freight in the country increased by 67.5% between January and June, “mainly driven by agribusiness”.

“As vaccination (against Covid-19) gained strength, the economy began to respond”, FreteBras Operations Director Bruno Hacad said in the note, adding that the platform distributed around R$ 28 billion in freight in the first six months of the year. “Analyzing just the second quarter, we had a freight volume of 83% greater than in the same period of 2020.”

According to the study, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná were the states that contracted the most freight in the agricultural sector, with a third of the industry's cargo transportation.

São Paulo comes in third, with 14%. Among the most transported products, fertilizers, with 29% of the total, come first, followed by soybeans, with 13%, and corn (10%).

FreteBras also informs that, when comparing the first half of this year with the first half of last year, the products that recorded the biggest jump in freight volume were fertilizers (+122%), followed by watermelon (+112%), sugar (+66%) and rice (+54%).

Wheat fell by 18% in the period analyzed, but the harvest for this product only occurs at the end of the second half of the year.

Also in the ports, movement was intense during the period. The FreteBras study reveals that the transport of fertilizers from the Port of Paranaguá, in Paraná, for example, doubled, going from 24 thousand to 48 thousand shipments between January and July compared to the same half of 2020.

“There was also an increase of 43% in soy freight to the Port of Paranaguá, which went from 16 thousand in the first half of 2020 to 22 thousand in the first half of this year”, cites the study.

At the Port of Rio Grande, the most imported products were fertilizers, with an increase of 300%, going from 5 thousand freights in the first half of last year to 21 thousand in the same period of 2021.

As for soybean freight going to this port terminal, it fell by 30% compared to 2020, but oilseed freight going to other locations in Brazil increased by 62%.

Finally, at the Port of Santos, freight of fertilizers, the second most imported product in the area, increased by 111% in the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2020. Freight of soybeans destined for Baixada Santista increased by 76% in the period , while sugar increased by 85%.

Clipping: Scot Consulting | Source: DBO Portal

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