02 February 2012 23:36 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Ethanol shipments from Brazilian ports fell by 9.5% in December to 95,729 tonnes, compared with 105,849 in the same month of 2010, the Williams Shipping Agency said on Thursday.
The decline came at two ports - Latin America’s largest, Santos, and Paranagua.
Ethanol exports fell by 38% at Santos, totaling 52,351 tonnes compared with 84,523 tonnes in December 2010. December ethanol shipments out of Paranagua plunged by 51%, to 8,341 tonnes compared 16,937 tonnes in the same month of 2010.
Shipments from Maceio almost made up for the drop at Santos, rising to 35,037 tonnes vs. 4,389 in December 2010.
Williams is one of the largest shipping agencies in Brazil.
Four vessels accounted for 69% of all December shipments, going to the US, Europe, Ghana, Korea and within Brazil.
Four countries received 78% of all Brazilian ethanol exports: South Korea, US, Europe and Ghana.
The largest ethanol shipment, of 19,649 tonnes on the Stolt Ocelot, sailed to Houston.
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