Throughout its history, the Caramuru Group stands out by its large investments in logistics, which are essential for increasing the use of multimodal transport and for reducing the operating costs in the country.
To assist in the movement of our products and grains, Caramuru seeks to provide an increasingly consolidated and differentiated logistics structure for the Group, in addition to supporting our producers and providing integrated solutions to our customers and partners.
As a result of large investments in multimodal routes and structures that are essential for increasing the use of different types of transport, Caramuru product and grain handling procedures have become a national reference thanks to the wide ranging operational capacity interconnecting our processing plants, producers, port terminals, storage facilities and a sophisticated logistic system including waterways, highways, railroads, ports and maritime routes. Today, the Group counts on 73 storage facilities located at strategic points around Brazil. We are the largest user of the Tietê-Paraná waterway complex, one of the main export product flow channels.
A differential that was only possible by a history filled with major milestones for the Caramuru Group and for Brazil. In 1999, a contract was celebrated with Citrosuco involving an investment of US$4 million, at the Port of Santos (SP), specifically, at Warehouse XL, with a storage and handling capacity of 65,000 tons including a US$1 million construction project at the water-railroad terminal located in Pederneiras (SP), with an additional storage capacity of 60,000 tons.
In the following year, the company initiated another important partnership with ALL – América Latina Logística do Brasil S.A. This initiative involved an investment of US$12.221 million and resulted in a contract guaranteeing a 50% participation in operations at Terminal XXXIX, at the Port of Santos (SP), with a static storage capacity of 135,000 tons of grains or meal. With this increase, we expect that the Port receives 3.5 million tons of soybeans, corn and meal for export.
In August 2003, Caramuru made yet another investment that became a milestone in the transport segment in Brazil: the purchase of five modern GE C-30 locomotives and 120 grain hopper cars, with carry-capacities of 100 and 125 cubic meters. Approximately R$18 million were invested, focusing on the operations of the railway stretch between Caramuru’s Water-Railroad Terminal in Pederneiras (SP) and the Port of Santos (SP).
A fine example of the way we use multimodal logistics structures are the handling processes used transport our production in Itumbiara (GO), via rail route, to the Port of Tubarão, in Vitória (ES), and the processes used to reach the Port of Santos (SP). Production starts at our storage units in Mato Grosso and Goiás connected by highway systems that transport grains to the processing plant in São Simão (GO), where convoys move shipments of 6 thousand tons of soybeans and meal down the Paranaíba and Paraná rivers and the Pereira Barreto Canal on their way to Tietê.
Part of the produce goes to the Port of Pederneiras (SP) where it is carried by railroad directly to the Port of Santos (SP), before embarking to overseas export markets. Another part of these products goes to the Port of Anhembi (SP) and then on to Santos (SP) via highway routes. This logistic alternative substitutes more than 170 large-sized grain trucks on Brazilian highways and generates a saving of 20% over the final cost of our products.