In the first quarter of this year,Williams Brasil reported a rise in sugar being exported via container. The peak came in March, when 185,980 tonnes were shipped.

In total, from January to March this year, Brazil exported 431,910 tonnes of containerized sugar, up nearly 10% over the same period in 2014. Santos, with 377,650 tonnes, remained Brazil’s leading sugar port, responsible for 87.43% of the total. Far behind, in second place, Suape accounted for 25,210 tonnes, equivalent to just 5.84%.

Importers in South Africa were Brazil’s main clients, buying 57,210 tonnes, which was 13.25% of the total. They were followed by Sri Lanka, with 52,420 tonnes andYemen with 43,050 tonnes.