To stimulate new business, a committee led by the Chinese Consul-General in SÃ£o Paulo, Sun Rongmao, and Trade Consul Lu Yuzhong visited the Port of ParanaguÃ¡ in late January, to familiarise themselves with the port’s facilities for handling soy. In 2007 alone, exports of soy to China generated US$422.8m in foreign exchange for the state of ParanÃ¡.
The committee was welcomed by the manager of Appa (Administration of the Ports of ParanaguÃ¡ and Antonina), Eduardo RequiÃ£o, who told the Consul-General in SÃ£o Paulo of ParanÃ¡ and ParanaguÃ¡’s interest in maintaining and extending trade between the two countries. “We have trade that can be multiplied. We can set up dedicated shipping lines, bringing more profit and efficiency to operations,” said RequiÃ£o.
In addition to heading exports, the Chinese market is also the biggest supplier of merchandise coming into ParanaguÃ¡, with a 12% share. The main items of imported cargo are machinery and parts, fertilisers and chemical products.