The increase in the price of ocean freight for containers, which reached the mark of 309% in September 2021 compared to the same period last year, leveraged loose cargo logistics alternatives. The use of big bags is a solution that enables import and export through Brazilian ports at a lower operating cost.
The CEO of the Ponta do Felix Port, Gilberto Birkhan, presented during Expo Dubai 2021 the alternative that has been used in the port of Paraná. According to him, reducing costs is a natural objective for increasing competitiveness. “We had a 12% increase in cargo handling using big bags since the beginning of the container crisis, a product that has become a global need due to the shortage that began in the pandemic and reached the Brazilian market,” says Gilberto.
According to the company specializing in maritime consultancy, the British Drewry Shipping Consultants, the price index continues to rise. To give you an idea, a 40-foot reefer container, five years ago, had an estimated maritime freight value of $2,327. In 2021, the container with the same volume and cargo reaches the $6,695 mark.
Birkhan explains that the demand for big bags at the Ponta do Félix Port began in April, when an unprecedented export of food in big bags to Venezuela took place. “Big bags represent a safe way to transport on ships, in addition to having a much more advantageous cost for our customers”, highlights the CEO of the port located in Antonina (PR).
Benefits of big bags – Big Bag is a packaging model made of highly resistant compounds, such as polypropylene and polyethylene, with a format similar to a large bag that can hold up to 2,000 kg of cargo. It has good application for products in bulk or packaged in bags, keeping them better accommodated and protected. When made with waterproof material, it can be stored in open yards, stacked evenly and transported in any modal. Big bags can be reused and folded; therefore, they are also suitable for empty return and are very sustainable for the environment.
The use of big bags in cargo transportation has several benefits in the logistics process. In addition to having a lower cost for the exporter/importer, the containers are made of resistant and flexible material, allowing better handling in the storage of the products.
“Our first food operation in big bags was in April of this year. Since then, we have noticed that customers are paying attention to the use of these materials, ensuring the integrity of the products. Porto Ponta do Félix is prepared to meet customers’ needs, including customized demands”, declares the port’s shareholder, Valdecio Bombonatto.
Ponta do Félix Port – During Expo Dubai, a world event with the participation of businessmen from the Paraná government, the Porto board presented its new visual identity and new corporate name.
Ponta do Félix Port Terminals, the port becomes Porto Ponta do Félix. The change was necessary with the expansion of operations in port operations and multipurpose warehousing.
Expo Dubai should receive 25 million visitors over six months. Porto Ponta do Félix participates by exposing the advances in the port area, as well as the significant increase of 70% in cargo handling in 2021.
“This year, we served several unprecedented operations, such as malt import and export of cane pallets and big bags with food. We also highlight the agility in our operations, as an efficient management of the line up of ships allows agile berthings and without queues” , concludes Birkhan.