Brazil to increase fertilizer imports thorough its ports

18 July 2013 22:48  [Source: ICIS news]

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--The cities of Paranagua and Antonina in the southern Brazilian state of Parana are investing in their ports as a way to increase their fertilizer imports, port authority Appa said on Thursday.

The Antonina port is activating a second crane to receive 10m tonnes of potash from a Belarus-based company within a period of 10 years, said Cicero Simao, commercial director of the Antonina port.

With the additional crane, the port's capacity to receive the product will increase by up to 20,000 tonnes/day.

Phosphate fertilizers company Fospar, which has a terminal at the Paranagua port, said a new crane was acquired and is expected to begin operating by April 2014. 

Financial terms in regard to the new cranes were not disclosed.

According to Appa, Brazil has imported 10m tonnes of fertilizers in the first half of this year.

About 47% of Brazilian fertilizers come from Paranagua and Antonina ports, it said, citing data from the country's development, industry and trade ministry.

By: Leo Siqueira
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