Brazil: Soy from Maranhão and Tocantins exported to Portugal

15 April 2008

São Luís, Brasil, 15 April – Brazilian company Vale do Rio Doce in the first few days of April sent 70,000 tons of soy from the Brazilian states of Maranhão and Tocantins to Portugal, according to Brazilian newspaper, ” O Estado do Maranhão”.

This is the first Brazilian soy delivery of the 2007/2008 harvest.

Soy is currently one of Brazil’s biggest exports to Portugal, after oil.

Vale’s commercial and logistics manager, Evaldo Barbosa said that the countries that imported most soy were China, followed by Portugal, Belgium and Spain.

“Other countries such as Nigeria, Italy, the Netherlands and France are also big consumers of Brazilian soy,” he said.

Soy exports via the port of Itaqui, in Maranhão, are expected to total 1.7 million tons. In 2006 soy exports totalled 1.5 million tons.

Vale Port Terminal has six storage silos for soy beans, with a capacity for 165,000 tons and employs 347 qualified staff. (macauhub)