APM Terminals Pecém 10% growth
APM Terminals Pecém in Brazil marked several achievements in the past year. The Terminal grew double digits in 2020, reaching 387 717 TEUs handled. The figures represent an increase of about 10% compared to 2019, with main drivers being exports of reefer units and imports.
Cabotage grew 5% in total volume compared to 2019, recording about 330 000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) handled during 2020. With this, cabotage continues to represent the majority of the terminal's moves with about 85% of the total volume. APM Terminals Pecém offers 6 cabotage lines connecting the south to the northeast of the country and Manaus, being a strategic location for export and import.
In terms of long-haul loads, APM Terminals Pecém recorded a 49% growth compared to 2019. Export and import account for 15% of the total volume handled.
Pecém also stands out on the national level, with the Terminal showing the highest growth in Brazil in 2020. According to data from Datamar, in 2020 APM Terminals Pecém ranked first in the growth of exports, with an index of 46.60%, and occupied second place in imports, with an increase of 19.56%.
Daniel Rose, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pecém, comments:
"We started the year with a growth perspective between 5% and 6%, however the pandemic forced us to prepare for various scenarios, including a volume drop".
Daniel Rose also points out that it took resilience and dedication to face the pandemic, protecting people's lives and at the same time, keeping the focus on the quality of services provided.
"Our work could not – and cannot – stop, so we adopted all possible safety measures and continued to operate with quality and, gradually, we saw the volumes grow surprisingly", he highlights.
Impressive numbers are to a large extent the result of strong performance of the fruit industry. The region's fruit export market was responsible for this growth, where APM Terminals Pecém grew by 13% in the market share to 33%, becoming one of the ports that exported the most fruits in the Northeast region.
In addition to the significant market share growth, APM Terminals Pecém recorded a 73% increase in container moves for the 2020/2021 fruit harvest season, being the main export terminal and the facility of choice for the principal exporters in the region.
For André Magalhăes, Head of Commercial at APM Terminals Pecém, the achievements of 2020 underline the terminal’s strong focus on customers and their business needs.
"We adopted Lean culture in all our departments, focusing on continuous improvement, standardisation of processes and reduction of waste. Our commitment is to offer a world-class standard experience, whether for customers arriving by ship or entering via terminal gate”, comments Magalhăes.
Source: APM Terminals