Breakbulk cargo in 2011 consisted mainly of steel, cellulose, timber, and automobiles. Primary destinations for Brazilian steel and wood exports were the US, China, and the Netherlands. Top breakbulk imports were steel from China, Venezuela and South Korea and autos from Argentina and South Korea.
Container movements hit an all-time high in 2011 of 7.9m teu, an increase from 2010 of 15.7%. Imported containerised cargo amounted to 35m tonnes, much of which originated in China (21.6%), the US (12.0%), Spain (6%), Belgium (5.5%) and Argentina (5.1%).
Top destinations for the 36.7m tonnes of containerised cargo exports were the US (12.7%), Spain (9%), Hong Kong (6.4%), and the Netherlands (5.7%).
Also in 2011, around 13.6m tonnes of containerised cargo were carried in Brazil’s coastwise shipping trades.