Loading and unloading terminals at Brazilian Sao Paulo state's Santos port should extend their operating hours to provide services 24 hours a day, the executive coordinator of the state's ports and airports users committee (Comus), Jose Candido Senna, told BNamericas.
"Currently, the terminals - known as terminais de vazios [empty terminals] - do not release or receive containers after 5pm," Senna said.
The terminals' closure hinders the port's operations and limits its cargo handling capacity, Senna said, adding that extending operating hours will become increasingly important given the growing cargo demand. The volume of cargo handled at Santos rose 23.5% year-on-year during Q2.
The volume of imports arriving at Santos from Asia, particularly China, has also been growing significantly, adding to the need for smooth operations at the port, Senna said.
Comus is running a campaign for loading and unloading terminals to operate at all hours at Santos, which is South America's busiest port.
The terminals are located throughout the cities of Santos, Guaruja and Sao Vicente. Besides loading and unloading cargo, they also provide storage services.