Ship delays at the Port of Santos reach 85% in January

This is the highest rate recorded by the Detention Zero Bulletin, prepared by ElloX Digital in partnership with Cecafé; gate openings also continue with reduced time

07.02.2024 | 15:29 (UTC -3)
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In addition to the entire context of global conflicts that impact the flow of world trade, Brazilian coffee exporters continue to face internal logistical bottlenecks, which create even more difficulties in shipping their cargo.

According to the Detention Zero Bulletin (DTZ), prepared by the technology startup in the logistics segment ElloX Digital, in partnership with the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé), the rate of change of calls and delays of ships in the Port of Santos reached 85% in January 2024, the highest percentage recorded so far, worsening the already critical scenario, which had reached its highest percentages in the last three months of 2023: 76% in October and December and 81% in November.

“Such problems are resulting in regular postponements of shipments and yards full of containers at port terminals, which are having difficulty receiving cargo due to physical space limitations at the terminal”, reveals Cecafé's technical director, Eduardo Heron.

According to the DTZ Bulletin, problems regarding gate opening at the terminal also remain. Last month, only 13% of boarding procedures took longer than four days for ships to open their gates. Another 54% had between three and four days and 19% had less than two days of open gate period.

The founder and CEO of Ellox Digital, Lucas Moreno, considers, however, that, in relation to the gate open time, the terminals have changed the deadline, but kept the opening date static, generating an artificial increase in the deadline. “This distorts reality since we noticed, at the terminals and transporters, that they did not have delivery windows during these periods and, therefore, postponed the deadline”, he concludes.

Moreno notes that, given this scenario, ElloX is working to improve the DTZ Bulletin, cross-referencing information from the shipowners operated by each ship, as well as the services of these companies, with the aim of providing more consistent information.

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