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VLI’s Tiplam terminal records 11% surge in grain, sugar exports last year

May, 17, 2023 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros

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The Brazil-based logistics terminals and railways operator, VLI, reported an 11% increase compared to the previous year in the export volume of grains, soymeal, and sugar through the Tiplam terminal in the Santos Port Complex in 2022.

According to VLI, total exports of agribusiness products, including soybeans and corn, reached 8.1 million tonnes, up from 7.3 million tonnes in 2021. VLI, whose main shareholder is mining company Vale, attributed these numbers to the increased flow of grains to Santos via the Centro-Atlântica Railway (FCA), which VLI operates. Additionally, significant sugar production in the country contributed to the increased volumes.

“Tiplam is a national reference in the sector, representing the efficiency of VLI’s integrated logistics. It adds value to the supply chain and contributes to the country’s export agenda,” highlighted Nicolas Szwako, the Director of Operations for the logistics corridor that connects Brazil’s hinterland to the southeast port hubs, a crucial route for the transportation of agricultural bulk.

The rail terminals in Guará (sugar) and Uberaba (grains) receive and dispatch harvest yields from key producing regions such as Mato Grosso, Goiás, São Paulo, and Minas Gerais to Tiplam via the FCA.

VLI did not provide a breakdown of the volumes exported by specific products in 2022. Tiplam is part of the port complex in the Santos region, which is the primary exporter of soy and corn in Brazil.

See below the month-on-month export record of corn and soybeans through the Port of Santos between Jan 2019 and Mar 2023. The data is from the DataLiner business intelligence service of Datamar.

Corn and soy exports through Santos | Jan 2019 – Mar 2023

Source: DataLiner (click here to request a demo)

VLI highlighted Tiplam’s capability to export grains and sugar by integrating port and rail as one of its distinctive features.

The process of grain transport involves handling an average of eight trains per day, each consisting of 84 wagons.

VLI’s export activities utilize a system of simultaneous shipment with two ship loaders, enabling daily productivity of up to 72,000 tonnes shipped.

In addition to exporting agribusiness products, the terminal also handles imported fertilizers.

Source: Money Times

To read the original news report, see: https://www.moneytimes.com.br/exportacao-de-graos-farelo-de-soja-e-acucar-pelo-tiplam-cresceu-em-11-em-2022/

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