Wilson Sons reports an increase of 57% in pork exports from Rio Grande Container Terminal

  • 28/08/2023
  • 6 minutes

Pork exports from the terminal in Rio Grande do Sul exceed 10,200 tons in the
first seven months of this year, driven by Asian countries

This year, Wilson Sons has been reporting a sharp rise in pork exports from Rio
Grande Container Terminal, in Rio Grande do Sul. Foreign sales of pork grew 57%
in the first seven months of the year, compared to the same period in 2022, driven
by Asian countries. The main destinations were China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

This year, pork exports through Rio Grande Container Terminal totalled 7,199
TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), which is equivalent to 3,620 containers,
against 4,578 TEUs (2,307 containers) from January to July 2022. This year, pork
exports totalled 102,051, against 64,751 tons for the same period of 2022.

Some factors have influenced the increase in pork exports from Rio Grande
Container Terminal, such as the recovery of market share, as local exporters have
chosen to ship larger volumes through the Rio Grande terminal than through Santa
Catarina as compared to last year. The start of the operations of the NeoSamba
shipping line is one of these factors, as larger ships and a direct route from Northern
Europe to Rio Grande resulted in better transit times, and speedier and more
efficient operations.

Paulo Bertinetti, CEO of Rio Grande Container Terminal, points out that the
terminal, the most automated one in Brazil, plays a relevant role in the logistics of
companies based in Rio Grande do Sul, “offering a safe and efficient alternative for
handling different types of cargo”. Bertinetti adds: “In addition to the strategic
location and the investments made, the recovered reliability of ship calls is
guaranteeing a significant recovery of market share”.

Considered one of the most important container terminals in Brazil, and one of
South America’s most competitive facilities, Rio Grande Container Terminal is Rio
Grande do Sul’s gateway to the world. It has become, over the past 26 years of
operation, a key asset in the economic development of the state. Serving over 3,000
importers and exporters, the Rio Grande Terminal facility receives the main
shipping lines calling Brazil, offering weekly services to all trades in the world from
13 shipowners.

Of the operations carried out in the facility, exports represent 74% and imports,
26%. Over 600 varieties of goods, including parts, chemicals, resins and plastics,
are shipped from more than 50 countries, including China, the United States,
Morocco, Belgium and Singapore. Resins, frozen chicken, timber, pork meat,
furniture are shipped to the United States, China, Peru and Saudi Arabia.

Equipped with a 900m long quay, the 735,000 m² facility has a static capacity of
30,000 TEUs, 20,000 m² of warehouses for general and special cargo and 10 fully
automated entry and exit gates, in addition to 2,800 plugs for reefer containers. It
features nine ship-to-shore gantry cranes capable of operating on 24-container
wide vessels and 22 rubber tyred gantry cranes used for handling containers in the
yard, and two cable-controlled mobile cranes, nine reach stackers and 56 yard

In May, a contract was signed for the terminal to have its energy 100% derived from
renewable sources. The IREC (International Renewable Energy Certificates)
certification was obtained for the years 2024/25/26. It can be used to report indirect
energy consumption emissions in the GHG Protocol Program, a leading
international methodology designed to quantify greenhouse gas emissions. Also,
the certificate ensures traceability of the renewable energy source supplying the
terminal, and clears carbon emissions from energy consumption in the years
mentioned. Through this new energy system, all the energy supplying the Rio
Grande Container Terminal will come from renewable sources, which includes
wind, solar or hydroelectric power stations.

Rio Grande Container Terminal is supported by the operating system Navis N4, a
global leader in port terminal management, and Teconline, a platform with more
than 20 years of operation and over 2,600 active users from different countries,
including carriers, forwarding agents, shipowners, local authorities, clients and
cargo agents which inquire about cargo, vessel arrival dates and appointments.

About Wilson Sons
Wilson Sons is the largest port-shipping logistics operator in Brazil, with over 185
years of experience. The company operates across Brazil and offers complete
solutions to more than 5,000 clients, including shipowners, importers and
exporters, the offshore energy industry, renewable energy projects, agribusiness
corporations, and other players in different businesses.

Press Relations
Danthi Comunicação Integrada
Gustavo Villela — [email protected] / +55 21 99124 5158
Sérgio Costa — [email protected] / +55 21 99145 3644

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