October 27, 2021

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Without containers, Brazil stops exporting $500 million in coffee and misses opportunities in proteins

Without containers, Brazil stops exporting $500 million in coffee and misses opportunities in proteins

The shortage of containers for world exports was the theme of the program straight to the point This Sunday, 19. CEO of Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé), Marcos Matos, described the impact of this situation on the coffee sector.

“We have stopped exporting more than $500 million, 3.5 million bags, in recent months,” he said.

President Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA)Ricardo Santin said that the poultry, pig and egg sector has not stopped exporting, as the equipment is used constantly, which did not cause a problem in the supply of containers. But he stressed that opportunities were missed.

We cannot say that it is missing in general. We still need to be able to pursue the following opportunities. [O setor] It keeps growing, but it’s getting harder.”

According to the director of Cecafé, there was pent-up demand caused by the epidemic, which “disrupted” the dynamics of container usage. He also provided figures for what Brazil represents in the global context.

“The country accounts for 1.3% of the global container shipping market, and for us, containers are 7% by volume, but 42% by value, due to the higher value-added cargo,” Matos said.

At the end of August, the agribusiness entities and the Parliamentary Front for Agriculture (FPA) sent an official letter to the Ministry of Infrastructure requesting a meeting with Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas to discuss the development of a contingency plan.

According to the ministry, the federal government has discussed alternatives with the sector to reduce the problem, but it will not have the competence to act directly to reverse the shortage of units. “Since shipping is an activity undertaken by private companies, the availability of containers is part of the operational strategies of each company,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The ABPA Chair highlighted the need for an action plan as a short-term measure. However, he noted the need for long-term measures.

“Brazil needs to look to the future by placing infrastructure strategically. It is important that we evolve. We need to think about it: build new ports, make concessions, invest money when necessary, look for positions.”

Under the supervision of Letícia Luvison