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Coffee shipment delays in March reached 80% at Port Santos in Brazil

Coffee shipment delays in March reached 80% at Port Santos in Brazil

April 17 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine


The rate of changes in calls and delays of ships carrying coffee at the Port of Santos (SP), the main outlet for the product in Brazil, was 80% in March 2024, involving a total of 90 container ships, with the biggest change for 39 days between the first and last deadline. The information is contained in the most recent Detention Zero Bulletin (DTZ) prepared through a partnership between the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé) and the technology startup in the logistics segment ElloX Digital.

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According to the entity's technical director, Eduardo Heron, this scenario demonstrates the complexity that exporters continue to experience, on a daily basis, when shipping coffee. “This 80% rate is the third worst in the historical series, which began in January 2023. The continuity of logistical challenges, with a high rate of ship delays, is one of, if not the main obstacle that the sector faces and which further burdens more Brazilian exporters”, he comments.

The DTZ Bulletin points out that problems related to the opening of gates at the terminal also continue, directly impacting companies' shipment planning, with additional costs and these bottlenecks in honoring deadlines and commitments with international customers.

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In March 2024, only 13% of boarding procedures took longer than four days for ships to open their gates. Another 57% had between three and four days and 30% had less than two days. 

“It is worth noting that 27 ships did not even have a gate opening last month, which meant that exporters had no alternative but to pay for this unforeseen pre-stacking cost”, laments Heron. 

As of March, Cecafé and ElloX Digital expanded the monitoring range of Brazilian ports, including three other terminals. According to the Detention Zero Bulletin , the delay rate for coffee ships in the Rio de Janeiro (RJ) port complex was 81% – the highest in the period –; in Vitória (ES), 59%; and in Salvador (BA), 14%.