The Danish A.P. Moeller – Maersk owned APM Terminals, states that last month, APM Terminals Pecém, Brazil, handled 55,000 teus, which is the highest volume ever recorded in the terminal’s history.

The terminal also saw an 11% growth in container moves year to date, versus the same period in 2022. This is mainly driven by a 23% growth in the export of produce from the fruit growing centers of Pernambuco, Bahia, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte.

Historically, October and November have always been the highest volume months, largely due to the high demand for fruit exports to Europe and the United States.

The strategic location of APM Terminals Pecém allows fresh produce grown in the country to reach its final destination faster, and the port authority responsible for the Pecém Port complex forecasts exports from the fruit sector this season to reach 180 thousand tons, 10 thousand more than last year, so it is estimated that shipments will reach 7,200 refrigerated containers.

“Our agile response to increased demand ensured the continuity of services with high levels of reliability. Through these achievements we have reinforced our commitment to the Port of Pecém and the fruit growing sector in the northeast region in particular. This has strengthened the fundamental role of the Port as a hub for Ceará through the expansion of operations to support exports,” said Daniel Rose, chief executive of APM Terminals Pecém.

Daniel Rose also added that “We are optimistic about the future and committed to investing and growing together with Ceará and neighboring states. Our success is driven by the sustainable economic development in the region. We will continue to lift standards of efficiency and reliability, expand infrastructure, and promote sustainability and social responsibility in all our activities.”

“In addition to the 23% growth in fruit exports in the last three months, the terminal was also the main Port for logistics to supply aid destined for Manaus, which suffers from the worst drought in the Amazon region ever recorded in history,” noted Marcelo Gurgel, commercial manager at APM Terminals Pecém.