The recovery in industrial production – added to the growth in consumption in the last quarter of 2020 – has brought positive numbers for Brazilian port handling rates. Several Brazilian ports registered handling records, especially in November and December.
In this context, Porto Itapoá, which handled only 4,000 import containers in June, reached 12,000 units per month in November and December. In comparison, in the last three months of 2020, the Terminal received 35,000 import containers, practically double the handling of the second and third quarters, representing a 10% increase in relation to the last quarter of 2019.
In exports, however, handling remained stable, with an average of just over 7,000 units handled per month.
Since the beginning of operations, in June 2011, Porto Itapoá has always shown growth in handling year on year, ending 2020 among the 5 largest ports in the country.
Babitonga port complex is responsible for the highest handling in tonnage in the State
When we consider the analysis of tonnage numbers covering the port complexes of Santa Catarina, Babitonga Bay, which includes the Ports of São Francisco do Sul and Itapoá, registers the highest handling rates in the State. The Babitonga port complex represents 60% of all cargo (in tonnage) that goes through Santa Catarina ports.
These figures directly reflect the performance of the area’s economy. IBGE recently released the richest cities in the South, with Joinville ranking 3rd in the region and the 1st in the State of Santa Catarina, with an increase of about 12% in relation to the previous year. The logistical and foreign trade flow provided by the ports in the Babitonga Bay influenced this development directly and, consequently, for the generation of jobs and income in the northern region of Santa Catarina.