Brazil: China leads in imports via port of Paranaguá, Paraná state

23 January 2008

Curitiba, Brazil, 23 Jan – China is the country that imports most goods transported through the Brazilian port of Paranaguá, in the southern state of Paraná, particularly soy, vegetable oil, frozen foods and wood, according to Brazilian state news agency, Agência Estadual de Notícias.

In 2007, China accounted for just 8 percent of exports via Paranaguá, and almost US$900 million in revenue, with soy accounting for around US$423 million.

State officials forecast that over the next few years the volume and variety of cargo exported will increase, and expect that China will buy railroad track.

The announcement was made Tuesday during a visit to the port by the Chinese consul-general in Sao Paulo, Sun Rongmao and by the trade attaché, Lu Yuzhong.

“We know that the port of Paranaguá is the second-largest port in Brazil. Therefore the aim of our visit is to get to know the port better, verify the possibility of cooperation and increase business between China and Brazil even further, particularly with Paraná state,” said Lu Yuzhoung.

The diplomat also said that China wanted, “to buy more agro-farming products such as soy. Every year, we import over 10 million tons of soy from Brazil. The Chinese market is very big and the trend is to continue increasing that amount.”

The superintendent of port management company Appa, Eduardo Requião told the Chinese diplomats it was possible that exclusive navigation routes could be set up that would, “bring greater profit and flexibility to operations.”

As well as leading exports, the Chinese market is also the largest supplier of goods that arrive at the port of Paranaguá, with 12 percent of the total, particularly machinery and parts, fertilizers and chemical products. (macauhub)