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Movement at the Port of Santos breaks records in June and in the semester

Posted by Rafael Moro

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Container handling in June reached 397.1 thousand TEU (unit equivalent to a 20-foot container), an increase of 28.5% over the same month last year. Also in the year, the numbers were expressive, reaching 2.4 million TEU, 18.5% above the first half of 2020.

With this, record levels were set for the month and for the semester in containers, surpassing the previous marks registered, respectively, in June 2019 (357.0 thousand TEU) and in the first semester of 2020 (2.0 million TEU). This performance increased the overall result of the Port of Santos, which also set new records for the month and for the first half.

“The numbers show that the Port of Santos is efficiently meeting the recovery of the economy, both in agribusiness and in industry, whose cargoes have been showing strong growth. This is the result of the prioritization that management gives to guaranteeing the infrastructure and the constant improvements of operational processes”, said the Operations Director of the Santos Port Authority (SPA), Marcelo Ribeiro.

In June, 13.3 million tons were handled, an increase of 7.2% over the same period in 2020, becoming the best brand for this month. The same was true for the year, which totaled 76.3 million tons and surpassed the previous record by 7.9% (also from 2020).

Shipments totaled 9.7 million tons, growth of 2.1% compared to June 2020. Discharges totaled 3.6 million tons, a significant growth of 23.9% over June last year.

The movement accumulated in the year registered a volume of shipments of 55.3 million tons, 7.3% above the first half of 2020. Discharges reached 20.9 million tons, a growth of 9.5% over the first half last year.

Liquid bulk presented a result 7.0% higher than in June last year, reaching 1.6 million tons, reflecting shipments of diesel oil and diesel and fuel oil. The accumulated result for the year totaled 8.8 million tons, a slight drop of 0.25% compared to the same period last year. Even so, it was characterized as the second best brand for the period.

Solid bulk rose 4.7% in the first half, to 38.7 million tons, characterizing itself as the best brand for the period. The monthly result, although showing a drop, was the second best mark for the month of June for solid bulk.


In June, there was an increase of 3.5% compared to 2020, with 419 berthings (405 in the same month last year). The total for the semester registered a drop of 0.7%, with 2,436 berthings from January to June (2,453 in the same period in 2020), evidencing greater ship capacity as cargo handling increased.

Commercial Chain

Santos maintained its historic share in the Brazilian trade chain, with an accumulated share of 27.9%. About 27.8% of these commercial transactions with foreign countries that went through the Port of Santos had China as a partner country. São Paulo remains as the state with the largest participation in commercial transactions abroad through the Port of Santos (55.6%).

By: Dylan Della Pasqua | Safras & Mercado

This text was automatically translated from Portuguese.