Notice: due to the coronavirus outbreak, DC Logistics Brasil team will be working from home

Notice: due to the coronavirus outbreak, DC Logistics Brasil team will be working from home!

Respect to people is one of our company values and guarantee the safety and health of our employees and family member are our only priorities. DC Logistics Brasil informs that our entire team, in all offices, will be working from home.

In the last few days, we have already started this setup and soon everyone will be allocated to their home offices. Only a limited number of employees will provide essential services, when necessary, following all WHO recommendations to avoid contagion. This way, we also hope to collaborate to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our teams suspended national and international visits, prioritizing video conferences with our customers and partners. Job interviews will also be conducted virtually.

All our work flow and functions will continue normally and we are reachable via any of the below tools:

  • E-mail: at this time of adaptation, we request that communications be prioritized (if possible) via e-mail;
  • Telephone: all our telephone numbers will work normally, as all calls will be forwarded automatically to the employee mobile number;
  • Skype: all employees will be connected on Skype through the same e-mail ID followed by “.dc”. Example: Mr. Gustavo Valmorbida’s e-mail is , his Skype ID is gustavo.valmorbida.dc ;
  • Whatsapp: text and vídeo / áudio calls are available through this largely used app in Brazil and in many countries;
  • Video calls: DC uses ZOOM and also HANGOUT from Google is available for all, allowing us to have a virtual meeting room set up at any moment.

Finally, we will continue to monitor the logistics scenario in our country and around the world, to avoid disruption in our customers / partners supply chain and finding solutions during this challenging time. You can count on us.

We sincerely thank you for your understanding and please do not hesitate to contact us whenever necessary.

Stay safe.

DC Team

DC Logistics Brasil with Complete Ceramic Tile Polishing Machine Shipment

With over 10 years’ experience handling special projects in Brazil, DC Logistics Brasil have moved a complete ceramic tile polishing machine from Italy to South Brazil.

The shipment consisted of 2 loose pieces each weighing 33.5tns and measuring 16.90 x 2.40 x 2.40, 1 x 40′ flat-rack, 10 x 40′ OT and 2 x 20′ OT. The cargo was picked up at 3 different locations in Northeast Italy and shipped from Leghorn to Navegantes in Brazil. See the gallery below for photos.

“The main challenge was to load the loose pieces with the containers to a Santa Catarina State Port in Brazil where there is no regular breakbulk service. Due to the length of the loose pieces (16.90m), we were able to ship both pieces loose on a container vessel, loaded and lashed on a bed of flat-racks, along with the containers, all under same Bill of Lading.”

Avocado exports may drive the foreign trade in the coming months

Considered a superfood by nutritionists and a gastronomic craze to critics from around the world, the Avocado is also a business opportunity. And it’s not just Mexico, country of origin of the product, with an eye on this market. Produced in southeastern Brazil, the fruit is rising the interest of countries in Asia and Northern Europe.

Data from 2017 indicate that more than 80% of the production is sent abroad. Avocado variations finished the last year among the 15 fruits with the highest export volume in Brazil, with an increase of 58% compared to 2016. The shipment abroad starts in the coming months and, after quality in the field, logistics is one of the most important steps for business profitability.

Jeferson Boschetti, a specialist in fresh and frozen cargoes of DC Logistics Brasil, says that Avocado’s transportation has strict technical aspects which is fundamental for export. “For being a very sensitive fruit, it is necessary that the shipment happens in refrigerated container preference in cnt controlled atmosphere, providing an ideal environment for the preservation of the quality of the fruit during transportation. And this question involves planning: precise calculation of the transit time in relation to the fruit shelf life, the temperature control during the course and the detailed monitoring of the load so that there are no significant losses,” he explains.

Hence the importance of hiring a specialized company for the operation.In the case of DC Logistics Brasil, monitoring happens since the removal of the empty container. “We begin the process by reserving space with the Shipowner who will transport the cargo, transport the unit to the port of embarkation, unload at the port of destination / release and delivery to the final customer,” Jeferson explains.

Containerlines set to control 85% of the reefer market by 2021

Containerships are set to control 85% of the reefer market by 2021, up from the current 79%, according to a report published by British consultants Drewry.

By 2021, seaborne reefer cargo will exceed 134m tonnes – increasing by an average of 2.8% per annum, according to Drewry’s report.

Despite future seaborne cargo growth levels being lower than those of the last decade (3.3%), such increases will have a significant effect on containerlines with reefer capacity, Drewry posited.

With almost 400 containerships with reefer capacity yet to be delivered, and possibly more still to be confirmed, Drewry looked at the effect this will have not only on overall cargo tonnes carried, but also on capacity utilisation. Based on the confirmed orderbook, despite significant increases in reefer (container) capacity, reefer utilisation will remain broadly stable as a result of the increased seaborne cargo volumes and rising market share for the reefer containership mode, the consultants maintained.

On the other hand, Drewry predicted that with a reducing specialised reefer fleet, not only will this mode see its cargo volumes decrease, but also its market share will reduce year-on-year.

Specialised reefer ships currently provide around 5% of overall reefer capacity yet carry almost 21% of total seaborne perishable reefer cargo.

“Inevitably, although still carrying a disproportionate volume of cargo, both cargo tonnes and market share are set to fall for this mode,” Drewry reported.

Drewry’s report also warned about a potential lack of reefer container equipment.

“A lack of recent investment has already led to shortages in Europe and Brazil during the second quarter of this year, a situation that is likely to repeat itself. Although carrier consolidation may result in an improvement in container utilisation and efficiency, the lack of container equipment orders placed in 2017 is a concern,” Drewry reported.

Writer: Sam Chambers


Shippers, cargo and business

The Aché Laboratories Group signed an agreement with the Government of Pernambuco to purchase a 25-hectare plot located within the Suape Port Industrial Complex. The company is to invest R$500m in the construction of a drug factory and an on-site distribution center. The works are due to start in February 2018 and will last 10 months. Aché Laboratories believes that the new plant will be a platform for it to grow its exports, hence the decision to choose the Suape Port Industrial Complex as its location. Last Thursday (01/06), the Senate approved provisional measure to grant salary rises to federal employees and to redefine roles within the civil service. The approval came after pressure from tax auditors, who refused to work for several days in May at all airports and ports in the country. In Santa Catarina, for example, such employees held a 4-day strike last week, releasing only products such as medicines, perishable cargo and those judicially required for release. From June 9, Russia’s Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision Service is to suspend shipments of meat and cheeses from 31 Brazilian companies. The reason for the restrictions is a “warning given by a Brazilian institution”. In March, Russia suspended imports of Brazilian poultry and eggs due to bird flu.

Source: Datamar Week

Shipping, Ports, terminals and related infrastructure

The Port of Suape has launched a tender to hire a company that will continue the technical and financial feasibility studies with a view to installing a second container terminal, Tecon 2. The project, which began in 2012, is estimated to require an investment of approximately R$1bn. Tecon 2 will have a 900m long pier, two berths, a 250m² retro area and the capacity to handle up to 1.2m TEUs per year.

The Port of Maceió presented 8% growth in its overall cargo handling in the first quarter of 2017 year-on-year, with 620,000 tons handled and 61 vessels berthed. It forecasts further growth during the year as the port awaits R$100m in funding from the federal government to investment in infrastructure and dredging.  These works will enable the port to receive vessels ships with a capacity of over 40,000 tons.

There was a fire at Copersucar’s sugar terminal in Santos on Tuesday (04/04). The incident occurred early in the morning but was quickly controlled by firefighters, with no impact on terminal operations.  The only damage was to the air-conditioning system. Shipping agency Williams Brazil reported that there were no ships berthed at the time of the fire.Trade revenues from operations via Santos reached US$14.3bn in the first two months of this year, representing a 2.7% increase year-on-year. On the export side, goods worth US$7.8bn were traded, representing 25.8% of Brazil’s total. The main cargo exported during the period was sugar, valued at a total of US$548.6m or 7% of the total shipped. On the import side, Santos handled 27.8% of the national total, worth US$6.4bn. The main import cargo was diesel worth US$69.95m.

Source: Datamar

Arab countries are final destination of 11.7% of Brazilian agribusiness exports in January

Brazilian agribusiness exports to the Middle East totaled US $ 688 million in January, a 49% increase over the same month last year, according to data released on Tuesday (21) by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Map). It was the second fastest growing region as a destination in the period, behind only Eastern Europe. The participation of the block in sector foreign sales increased from 9.3% to 11.7%.

Three Arab countries were among the top 15 markets of Brazil in January: Saudi Arabia, in fifth position, Algeria, 12th, and UAE, in 15th.

Algeria was one of the countries where exports grew most. Shipments generated US $ 134.6 million, an increase of 108.5% compared to January last year. According to the map, the performance was driven by business with sugar and corn.

Sales to Saudi Arabia totaled US $ 184 million, a 27% increase over the first month of 2016. For the Emirates, exports totaled US $ 121.2 million, a 23.6% increase in the same comparison.

In total, Brazilian agribusiness exports generated US $ 5.87 billion in January, an increase of 17.9% over the same month last year.

Os principais itens exportados foram as carnes, açúcar e álcool, complexo soja (grãos, farelo e óleo), produtos florestais e café. Todos estes setores registraram avanços em suas vendas externas no mês passado.

(*) With information from the ANBA

Brazilian vehicle Production and Exports

Brazilian vehicle exports recorded a 47.9% increase in revenues to US$809.8m in January year-on-year. In volume terms the growth was even more marked at 56% with 37,200 vehicles shipped. This was the industry’s best January since 2008, signaling a great start to the year. The Brazilian trade balance recorded a surplus of US$956m in the second week of February, resulting from exports of US$3.847bn and imports of US$2.891bn. The daily export average was US$769.4m, up 2% from the first week of the month. Meanwhile, the daily import average fell by 15.5% over the same period comparison. The accumulated surplus for the year so far is at US$3.892bn.

Growth on exports of manufactured products motivates logistics sector

According to Brazil’s Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC), the exports of manufactured products grew 8% between 2015 and 2016. The country has also increased the exports of technology, as well as of the semi-manufactured goods, which are also processed in some way, by 9.5% compared to 2015.

This suggests that exporting has guaranteed profitability, despite the difficulties Brazilian economy has faced lately. This growth motivated the logistics sector as well.

According to the MDIC, main exports volume were raw sugar (+ 24.5%), fruit pulps (+ 12.6%), airplanes (+ 15.3%), passenger cars +44,3%) and aluminum oxides/hydroxides (+ 5.7%). Brazilian exports rose from 638 million tonnes in 2015 to 645 million tonnes last year – an increase of 1.10%. In the case of raw sugar, cellulose, aluminum oxides/hydroxides and non-frozen orange juice, the exported volume broke records. “The numbers are encouraging, since 2017 should be a year of re-warming in all sectors and markets. It shows that the logistics sector has been able to grow, despite all the challenges and economic difficulties of the past year “, emphasizes the National Sales Manager of DC Logistics Brasil, Jailson Souza.

Sixth product in the export agribusiness in 2016, tobacco generates $ 2 billion revenue

Following the trend pointed out by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the tobacco sector showed a slight decline in shipments compared to the previous year. Still, the product accounted for 1.15% of total Brazilian exports, which in 2016 reached US $ 185.235 billion. For tobacco, throughout Brazil were 483,000 tons and US $ 2.12 billion exported. The results keep the country as the world’s largest tobacco exporter since 1993.

Mas é na Região Sul que se concentra mais de 99% destes embarques. Em comparação com 2015, a Região Sul exportou -2,78% em dólares e -6,45% em volume, com um acumulado no ano de US$ 2,09 bilhões e 481 mil toneladas. Segundo o presidente do Sindicato Interestadual da Indústria do Tabaco (SindiTabaco), Iro Schünke, o resultado era esperado. “O montante embarcado está dentro do previsto pela PWC, que apontou tendência de queda de -6% a -10% em 2016, tanto em dólares quanto em volume”, avalia.

According to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Services (MDIC), the decline in tobacco exports was less compared to other products such as grain corn (-26.3%), coffee in grain (-13.2 %), soybean meal (-11.1%), soybeans (-8.2%) and beef (-7.2%).

A União Europeia continua sendo o principal mercado importador, responsável por 41% do volume embarcado em 2016, seguida pelo Extremo Oriente (28%), América do Norte (12%), Leste Europeu (7%), e África/Oriente Médio e América Latina (ambos com 6%). Já entre os principais países importadores, Bélgica, China e Estados Unidos lideram o ranking, com incremento de 15%, 6% e 10%, respectivamente, no montante embarcado. Ao todo, 90 países compraram o produto brasileiro no último ano.

The Rio Grande do Sul confirmed its position as the largest producer and exporter of tobacco in Brazil. In 2016 it was 383,000 tons shipped, generating revenues of US $ 1.65 billion. In Rio Grande do Sul state, tobacco accounted for 10% of total exports of the year, being the 2nd most exported product, second only to soybeans. In Santa Catarina, the product accounted for 5.7% of shipments, with the 4th item of the trade agenda. Considering all the South Region, tobacco was responsible for 5.3% of all shipments made.

Tobacco exports – Brazil


Tobacco exports – South Region


Tobacco export 2016 – Southern Region (by state)


Major tobacco importing countries


Main importing markets


Source: MDIC / SECEX (2016)