In a move designed to combat bottlenecks, Brazil's Santos port in Sao Paulo state will submit a new logistics plan by year-end to better control the movement of cargo, a spokesperson from state port authority Codesp told BNamericas.
"The port has the capacity to handle 120Mt/y and we believe we will end the year with 95Mt," the official said. "Our problem is not necessarily capacity limitations but logistics organization."
Some 84% of truck traffic enters the port between 6am and 6pm. The port needs to avoid truck lines by better scheduling cargo deliveries and organizing overall movement in a way that takes advantage of the full capacity of the port, according to the spokesperson.
From January to June this year, Santos handled 44.8Mt, up 16.6% compared with the same period in 2009.
Santos is South America's busiest port.