São Paulo, July 16, 2019 – Seara sharply increased its cabotage shipping in the first half of 2019. The number of domestic shipments was 84% up in comparison to the first six months of 2017, improving on the Company’s 2018 growth in this area.
The Company set two consecutive records in April and May 2019, with 284 shipments each month. This growth has consolidated cabotage as one of Brazil’s major shipping options and supports Seara’s decision to invest in this area back in 2013, since when it has made steady progress.
“Seara will continue investing in cabotage as the significant volumes it produces in Santa Catarina now have an easier access to regional ports, in addition to which the Company has been able to reduce costs by cutting the use of trucks on long routes, mainly to destinations in the Northeast region”, said Fábio Artifon, Seara Alimentos Logistics director.
Positive impact on quality and sustainability
Cabotage, or coastal shipping within the same country, has become one of the fastest growing methods of transporting Brazilian cargoes. For the animal protein industry, it provides more efficient temperature controls because containers are connected to a constant power supply and temperatures are monitored until arrival at their destination.
Maritime shipping also has a lower environmental impact than other modes of transport because it uses less fuel (approximately eight times less than a truck) and is capable of shipping a higher volume of goods per journey. According to the Brazil GHG Protocol, a ship’s greenhouse gas emissions are 15 times lower than a refrigerated truck carrying the same cargo.
“Seara’s decision to increase use of coastal shipping is not just a financial one. Cabotage also reflects our focus on quality and sustainability, two issues of great importance to the Company”, said Artifon. “We plan to continue increasing cabotage shipments”, he added.
Seara Alimentos has a strong global presence in the poultry, pork and prepared foods industries. The Company portfolio includes Seara, Seara Gourmet, Doriana, Massa Leve, Rezende, Lebon, Frangosul, Confiança, Big Frango, Excelsior, Delicata and other brands. It has 30 poultry processing plants, 8 pork processing units, 14 distribution centers and 21 prepared foods factories in Brazil. Seara is one of the country’s biggest exporters and its products reach 100 million consumers in over 130 countries. In order to strengthen and expand its global presence in the protein market, Seara Alimentos has offices in several regions, including China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and North Africa. The Company has adopted best corporate governance and sustainability practices throughout its value chain and operational management focuses on guaranteeing high food quality and safety and animal welfare standards.
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