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A record 903.8m tonnes of cargo moved through Brazilian ports in 2012, according to data compiled and reported by the national waterways agency ANTAQ. It was the third consecutive year of record tonnage and an increase of 2% from 2011. The tonnage total includes foreign, cabotage and inland navigation cargo handled at the nation’s 33 organized ports and 103 private-use terminals. Brazil’s waterborne trade tonnage exceeds that of every country in the Western Hemisphere except the US.

Brazilian waterborne trade growth slowed in 2012

The nation’s cabotage and foreign waterborne trades grew in 2012, but at a far more subdued pace than in 2011 and 2010, while freight volumes declined on its inland waterway system.

General cargo trade set a record in 2012, but volume at 132.4m tonnes was up just 1.3%, a significant drop from the 9.7% annual growth rate of the previous decade. Breakbulk cargo tonnages declined reflecting reduced demand for the still substantial quantities of steel and wood products handled at Brazilian ports.

It was a solid year for Brazilian container traffic with throughput up 3.2% to a record high of just under 8.2m teu. Santos remained the nation’s leading container port with a 36% market share, followed by Paranguá, Portonove/Navagantes, Rio Grande and Rio de Janeiro.

The Far East/India was Brazil’s leading ocean cargo market accounting for 58% of dry bulk cargo, 29% of breakbulk, 33% of containerised cargo and 51% of ocean borne trade overall.

The Canadian/US East Coast and the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico ranked third and fourth, respectively in container cargo and fourth and sixth in total trade among Brazil’s international regional markets.