Paranaguá and Antonina port authority reports that on a single day 34,000 tonnes of fertilizer were unloaded in a 24-hour period, which is a record in recent years. This increase in efficiency is down to logistics improvements undertaken in the last two years, allowing a steady flow of cargo from the quay.

The whole system is now computerized, with consignments loaded directly onto a conveyor belt system for movement to the Public Fertiliser Terminal (Tefer).

In the first four months of 2014, ports in that region of Brazil imported 3.1 million tonnes of fertilizer, up 11%. In part, this is due to a reduction in demurrage charges, which are down 8% over those levied in 2013.