Brazil’s cabotage transport grew 10.54% in the first two months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, totaling 29 million tons. The amount of cargo handled via cabotage grew by 8.9% during this period, totaling 39.8 million tons. This is the highest transported for the months of January and February since 2010. The figures are from the ‘Waterway Statistician’, produced by the Statistics and Performance Evaluation Department of the National Waterway Transport Agency – ANTAQ and show the behavior of cargo handling in coastal shipping in January and February this year when the Covid pandemic -19 was already ravaging Yuhan Province in China, as well as other Asian countries and part of Europe, but not Brazil. Of the total transported via cabotage in the first two months of this year, private ports accounted for 79.8%, totaling 23.2 million tons, with growth of 7.38% compared to the same period in 2019. Public ports represented 20.2% of the total transported via cabotage, registering 5.8 million tons and representing growth of 25.1% in comparison with January and February of last year. With regard to the type of cargo transported, 7.3 million tons were solid bulk and 2.4 million tons containerized cargo, which represents growth of 127.8% and 6.9% respectively, compared with the first two months of 2019. Liquid and gaseous bulk cargo volumes were 18.4 million tons, and general cargo reached 957,000 tons – decreases of 6.5% and 17.2% respectively in comparison with the first two months of the previous year.

Source: Datamar News