Strong growth in imports and exports in 1H 2018 at Rio’s cargo terminal

Brazil’s RIOgaleão Cargo – Tom Jobim International Airport’s cargo terminal – handled more than 46,500 tonnes of cargo in its import and export terminals in the first half 2018 – growth of 41 per cent on the same period of 2017.

The total weight registered for imports, from January to June, was of 19,100, a 30 per cent increase to the previous year which were driven by payloads of air transport, pharmaceuticals and O&G.

In terms of exports, growth was 49 per cent, totaling 27,400 tonnes and the main sectors were agricultural, automotive and air transport.

RIOgaleão Cargo continues to set new records in exports by receiving more than 6,400 tonnes in June, a 28 per cent rise on its own record registered in March this year.

In order to boost the growth of its operations, the cargo terminal said it has prepared a detailed strategic plan to face the period of major Brazilian road strike, which directly impacted logistics activities throughout the country.

This plan ensured the full operation of the cargo terminal activities and complied with additional demands on the kerosene filling of charter freighters and passengers’ flights.

In addition, during the first half of the year, requests were received from other airports, which were supported by the good level of operational services and warehouse capacity of Rio de Janeiro airport’s cargo terminal.

RIOgaleão Cargo’s weekly cargo operations include freighters by LATAM Airlines and Cargolux, which reach the main import and export markets, not only in Brazil but worldwide.

Payloads included charter freighters and one example was more than 80 tonnes of lemons were flown from from Rio to Luxembourg, while there was also an increase of automotive engine blocks exported from the South of Brazil.

For the next half of the year, RIOgaleão Cargo is forecasting import volume growth in the pharmaceuticals and fashion segments, in addition to the expected resumption of the technology and O&G segments. For exports, the forecast from July to December is to continue to grow in the agriculture and automotive verticals.

In the first half of 2019, RIOgaleão Cargo said it will provide availability of clear customs spaces to facilitate all the processes in the logistics chain. “All this physical and strategic structure give to the customer the guarantee of a complete range of services of excellence,” said director, Patrick Fehring.