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The year 2020 was atypical and challenging for all sectors of the economy.

Still in the grip of the pandemic, today we look back at last year and see reasons to view the future with optimism!

Last year, at the capital city’s port, the import of soybean saw an increase of 10% compared to 2019, the fifth best year recorded in the past 21 years and the best year in the last decade.

“The port of Lisbon recorded a total 4,656,555 tons (3,496,261 unloading and 1,169,294 loading) of handled solid bulk in 2020, particularly products for agrifood production, making Lisbon the top port in Portugal in this segment”, APL – Port of Lisbon Authority said in a statement.

According to the same statement, “despite the slight decrease of 5% in solid bulk compared to the same period in 2019, some types of bulk in the agrifood sector, such as barley, malt, and soybean saw significant growth, with the latter reaching levels not seen in the past ten years”.

Bulk carriers transporting agrifood cereals are handled at these specialized terminals, such as the Food Bulk Terminals at Beato and Trafaria, both managed by the concession holder Silopor.

The average docking time for these vessels at Trafaria and Palença is long, given the large amounts being carried; depending on the situation, vessels may dock for between three and seven days.

A key advantage for the Port of Lisbon in this sector is its capacity to receive large vessels and the proximity to the oilseed processing industry located nearby.