Paraná, Brazil, South America 22 October 2018 -- Klabin, Brazil's leading producer and exporter of packaging paper and the country's only company to offer a one-stop shop solution for hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, conducted tests to resume exporting rolls through breakbulk shipments. This is a type of maritime transport that enables shipments of cargo without containers. The operation, carried out in Paranaguá, transported around 15,000 tons of pulp and 800 tons of paper and was completed successfully as planned, with total operational safety and no damages at this stage of the process.
Such an operation has not been executed in Brazil for over 15 years. In view of the recent changes in the international maritime transport service and with the new technologies incorporated in the process, the company saw the resumption of this mode of shipping as a positive and viable venture, and serving as an important shipping option. "This operation opens up a very important possibility to optimize logistics costs. Besides market issues, the stability achieved in our current pulp operation drives us to seek this hybrid operating condition," said Sandro Ávila, Integrated Planning Officer.
Breakbulk shipments are already operational at Klabin's Pulp Unit, transporting around 75,000 tons of pulp per month. Furthermore, Klabin ships another 45,000 tons of paper in Paranaguá via containers.
The operation was carried out in partnership with the Paranaguá and Antonina Ports Administration (Appa) and Klabin's logistics partners in Paranaguá.
Klabin is the largest producer and exporter of paper for packaging in Brazil, its only company offering one-stop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags. Founded in 1899, it has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina.