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Brazilian port sets new grain loading record in August

Paranagua Port loaded a record 2.02 million tonnes of grain in August, surpassing the previous record of 1.9 million tonnes set in June 2015.

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Exports included 644,035 tonnes of maize (corn); 315,681 tonnes of soy bran; and 1.068 million tonnes of soy.

Increase was attributed to high agricultural productivity and investments in the export corridor by the Administration of Paranagua and Antonina Ports (APPA), according to Jose Filho, secretary of infrastructure and logistics.

In the last 25 months, the port of Paranagua has hit 34 historic cargo-handling records. On Aug. 18, for example, the port set a new record of grain shipment over a period of 24 hours, with 134,057 tonnes of corn and soy bran.

Luiz Henrique Dividino, chief executive officer of the APPA, said investments of more than R$600 million in the ports of Paraná resulted in productivity gains of 33%.

In 2016, the port of Paranagua accumulated consecutive records of movement in the months of January, February, March and April.