The reopened port of Concepción on the Rio Paraguay has become a connecting point between trucks and inland waterway vessels. As a result, it offers an attractive alternative for transporting agricultural products from the southern Brazilian production region of Mato Grosso do Sul. Photo: Freddy Martinez
Imperial Logistics is expanding its river transportation management capabilities and the company has developed an integrated solution for its inland shipping routes in South America – encompassing state of the art transportation and warehousing management solutions. A fifty percent holding in the Baden S.A. handling company in the Paraguayan port city of Concepción forms the basis for this. Working with its joint venture partner, CIE S.A., Imperial Logistics has reactivated the port on the Rio Paraguay, which had been idle for more than 15 years, and turned it into an enlarged warehouse and handling centre for cereals, soya, fertilisers and other agricultural products. The joint venture company, Baden S.A., has either overhauled the relevant handling infrastructure like warehouse silos, tipping ramps for trucks and conveyor belts or installed new items.

The new port facilities were officially put into service on the 20th of February. Those attending the ceremony included the Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and the Paraguayan Minister for Industry and Commerce, Gustavo Leite.

“Imperial now offers storage, handling and alternative transport solutions from one source at the port of Concepción for producers and traders of the agricultural products grown in the southern Brazilian federal state of Mato Grosso do Sul,” Carsten Taucke explained in his opening speech. The CEO of Imperial Logistics International remarked that the agricultural goods no longer have to be transported huge distances of more than 1,000 kilometres in trucks to the Brazilian seaports. Instead, the products can be stored at the new port of Concepción, loaded on board push barges following a relatively short overland journey of no more than 350 km and then transported via the Hidrovia Paraguay-Paraná (HPP) river basin to Argentinian ports like Rosario or Porto San Lorenzo for export three times faster than if sea transport services were used. The distance covered is almost 1,600 km.

Imperial Logistics has been operating regular services for shippers from the agricultural and mining industries in the Hidrovia Paraguay-Paraná (HPP) river basin for four years. Having started with two push barge units, seven are now plying the waters between Corumbá in Brazil and San Nicolas in Argentina. 

Imperial Logistics International

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African company Imperial Holdings Limited, Imperial Logistics International is responsible for coordinating and managing all the international logistics business of Imperial Holdings Limited outside Africa. The varied portfolio of services at Imperial Logistics International, which has its headquarters in Duisburg, is separated into two divisions: the Group pools all its transport services in the Shipping, Road and Express Freight business units in the Imperial Transport Solutions division. The Imperial Supply Chain Solutions division covers all the services in the contract logistics and warehousing sectors for the Automotive, Industrial, Retail & Consumer Goods and Chemicals business units. Working together, both divisions provide a full and transparent range of services from one source along the complete supply chain. Beyond its pure logistics services, Imperial Logistics International has also become established as a process consultant for third parties, a fleet manager for outside car fleets and a provider of insurance services related to particular sectors. Imperial Logistics International employs more than 9,000 people and, including the new acquisition, Palletways, generates turnover amounting to EUR 1.6 billion at 170 business locations.