In February, Rio Grande container terminal, in partnership with Gomes Marques and Serra Morena, began exporting soya bean meal in containers. Consignments of 100 containers will be sent on a weekly basis to a user in Germany.

Gomes Marques is responsible for receiving, storing and stuffing containers with the grain, having a capacity of up to 30 containers a day. Once loaded, boxes are then transported to the container terminal. Serra Morena, for its part, is responsible for the marketing and sales.

In addition to soya and wheat, other cereals could also be containerized. By using containers, it becomes possible for smaller consignments to be shipped at a reduced cost.