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APM Terminals Pecém breaks box volume records and boosts fruit exports

Brazil's APM Terminals Pecém handled 55,000 TEUs in October, representing the highest monthly volume ever recorded in the terminal’s history.

The terminal also saw an important 11% growth in container moves year to date, versus the same period in 2022, mainly driven by a 23% growth in the export of produce from the fruit growing centers of Pernambuco, Bahia, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte.

Daniel Rose, CEO of APM Terminals Pecém, commented, "Our agile response to increased demand ensured the continuity of services with high levels of reliability. Through these achievements, we have reinforced our commitment to the Port of Pecém and the fruit-growing sector in the northeast region in particular. This has strengthened the fundamental role of the Port as a hub for Ceará through the expansion of operations to support exports."

Historically, October and November have always been the highest volume months, largely due to the high demand for fruit exports to Europe and the United States, according to APM Terminals.

The port authority responsible for the Pecém Port complex forecasts exports from the fruit sector this season to reach 180,000 tons, 10,000 more than last year. It is also estimated that shipments will reach 7,200 refrigerated containers, with products grown especially in the hubs of Pernambuco, Bahia, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte.

"We are optimistic about the future and committed to investing and growing together with Ceará and neighboring states. Our success is driven by the sustainable economic development in the region. We will continue to lift standards of efficiency and reliability, expand infrastructure, and promote sustainability and social responsibility in all our activities,” said Daniel Rose.

Marcelo Gurgel, commercial manager at APM Terminals Pecém, adds, "In addition to the 23% growth in fruit exports in the last three months, the terminal was also the main Port for logistics to supply aid destined for Manaus, which suffers from the worst drought in the Amazon region ever recorded in history."

During this period, the terminal experienced a high demand for containers and acted as an operational hub for receiving a significant part of the cargo volumes destined for Manaus, from various shipowners.

"Our terminal was well prepared for this challenge and previous investments made in equipment, people and specific areas have lifted standards of proactivity for receiving transshipments and enabling the constant alignment between the various shipowners and Pecém Port Complex," noted André Gonzaga, operations manager at APM Terminals Pecém.





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