Rio Paraguay drought

Boats are seen on the shore of the Rio Paraguay (Paraguay River), which flows down to the Parana River, as the lack of rain in Brazil, where the river originates, has brought water levels down, forcing cargo ships to reduce the amount of grains that are loaded for export, in Lambare, Paraguay September 13, 2021. Picture taken September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Cesar Olmedo

Brazil Exports Soar As ‘Soybean Super-Highway’ River Dries Up

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October 11, 2021

By Ana Mano (Reuters) – Soymeal shipments from Brazil’s Paranagua port jumped in September driven by strong demand and a drought that has disrupted a traditional logistics route via Argentina.

In a statement sent to Reuters on Friday, Brazil’s Paranagua port authority said exporters shipped 419,314 tonnes of soymeal last month, a 35% rise from August and almost 33% up from the same month a year ago.

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International prices and demand favored an increase in soymeal exports from Brazil, according to the Paranagua Export Corridor Terminals Association, cited in the statement.

In addition, shipment in Brazil of soymeal brought in from Paraguay has been a factor.

“The neighboring country, which used to transport its soymeal by barge to Argentine ports… had to look for alternatives,” the Paranagua port authority’s statement said. Due to the drought and low water level on the Rio de la Plata basin, those barges cannot sail so the product is being sent by road and shipped from Brazil, the statement added.

Large Brazilian farm cooperatives like Coamo and multinationals including Cargill and Louis Dreyfus shipped soymeal from Paranagua in September, according to the statement.

A forecast 150,000 tonnes of soymeal should arrive from Paraguay to be exported from Paranagua, located in Southern Brazil, by the end of this year, the authority said.

As the drought persists, some 400,000 tonnes of Paraguayan soymeal are expected to arrive and be shipped from Paranagua in 2022, the statement added.

Brazil’s main competitor on international soymeal markets is Argentina.

“The drought on the Rio de la Prata also affected the price of the Argentine product, making it less competitive and opening the market for Brazil,” the statement said.

(Reporting by Ana Mano Editing by Marguerita Choy, Reuters)

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