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Copersucar equates shipments and starts rebuilding Terminal


Copersucar equates shipments and starts rebuilding Terminal Copersucar concluded the plan of reconstruction and resumption of operations of Terminal Açucareiro Copersucar (TAC) at the Port of Santos, damaged by a fire on October 18th. Emergency actions have been in progress from the first moment and the rebuilding has already begun. With the solutions underway, shipments planned for
the current crop year (2013/14) are equated and the flow of products for the next crop year (2014/15) has also been defined.

From November this year to March 2014, Copersucar will ship 3,2 million tons of bulk sugar, about 700,000 tons of which from its own terminal. By the next crop, the forecast for shipments is about 4,0 million tons from TAC. The remaining volumes will be loaded from other terminals in the ports of Santos and Paranaguá.

The shipments of white sugar were not affected (250,000 tons/year). Copersucar also operates with bagged sugar in the Stuffing Containers Terminal (Terminal de Estufagem de Contêineres -TEC), in Guarujá (350,000 tons/year).


The reconstruction plan will be implemented in phases, with the gradual recovery of shipment volumes. Considering the emergency works, the Terminal will operate with limited volumes starting in January 2014 (at a pace of 250,000 tons/month).

As of May 2014, the terminal will be operating with an annual capacity of 4,0 million tons. TAC will be resume operations under definitive conditions from February 2015, with its original shipping capacity of 10 million tons/year, with increased productivity and safety.

Overview of the working plan

The projects designed for the emergency resumption of operations have already begun and will be completed by January 2014. These include reactivating the hopper at Warehouse XXI, which will allow for the receiving of rail cargo, and the temporary roofing of the same warehouse, thereby partially restoring its storage capacity. These initiatives will enable a loading capacity of 250,000 tons per month from January 2014. The following steps include the refurbishment of the remaining hoppers and
final solution for the warehouses, with the gradual growth of their receiving and storage capacities, until definitive restoration of the original conditions.

Effects for the market

Despite the major impact of the accident, the contingency actions and the emergency solutions adopted not only in logistics but also in operations will minimize the effects for the market.

Copersucar’s sugar exporting plans for the current crop will not be affected, as well as the anticipated product mix (43% sugar). With the logistical rescheduling, all the shipment commitments are being met. Thus, Copersucar should close out the current crop year with a shipment volume of 7,0 million tons, which is within the initial forecasts.

Despite the changes to its shipping logistics plan, Copersucar maintains its growth plan for the next crop year (2014/2015).

The flow of white sugar (bagged) was not affected by the accident and the loading flow from the non partner mills (origination) was restored a week later.