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Rodrimar unveils its latest shipping techniques.

Contrary to the opinion of some skeptics, during the decade of the 80's, there was a great increase in the use of containers for coffee shipments from Brazil and other countries, reaching at times 100% of exports.

The Rodrimar Group, composed of three firms, each specialized in their activities and operating since 1944 in the port of Santos, is long known for its efficient services in the controlled stuffing and shipment of coffee and other Brazilian export products. Operating in various ports such as Vitoria, Rio de Janeiro and Paranagua, with the port of Santos as the center of operations, the Group offers special agency attention in the arranging of ships, stevedoring, freight forwarding and customs dispatching, road and rail transport, plus container patios and general warehouses.

The Group, with 500 employees and an investment of US $15 million in assets including 50,000 sq. m. of patios specialized for containers, considers the handling of coffee exports as its most important service.

The coffee department, consisting of a terminal for the specialized warehousing, stuffing and controlling of shipments, dispatched during 1991 more than 8,000 TEUS, with the guaranty of the arrival of the coffee in the conditions contracted by the Brazilian exporter, avoiding any problems of quality or humidity. Of this volume, 50% were bulk container shipments.

In the ongoing research to offer services at low costs, Rodrimar S/A has developed, during the last three years, the process of bulk shipments. Since the first shipments, the system has been continuously perfected and, today, shipments in bulk are a normal and regular operation attending the interests of the large importers and roasters in various countries.

Sonia Liberati, head of the coffee department of the company believes that within a short period, coffee shipments by break bulk bags or bags in containers will be completely substituted by bulk shipments using the present techniques. A condition for this will be the existence in the ports of destination, the necessary equipment to receive the coffee.

The company's system consists of the receiving of the product from the exporters, in the majority of cases located some distance from the port, and placing into the terminal's silos. Before dumping in the silos, samples are drawn to check quality, weight and humidity according to pre-established specifications. From the silos, by a vacuum system, the product is transferred to previously selected and inspected containers and prepared with the insertion of bags of polypropylene made in Brazil and called "BIG BAG".

Presently,the stuffing by bulk takes 25 minutes. but Rodrimar has developed equipment soon to be introduced that will reduce this time. Each 20-foot container holds the equivalent of 350 bags of 60 kilos in comparison with the maximum of 300 bags by the conventional stuffing with jute bags. This is a gain of 16% in transport capacity. This unique system of shipping coffee has produced positive resuits, offering economies and cost reductions for their clients, principally in the unloading at port of destination.

The principal advantages of this form of shipment are as follows:

* Reduction of handling costs with the elimination of jute bags.

* The "Big Bag" is re-usable and returned by the shipping lines.

* Faster stuffing time in the port of origin and faster unloading at destination.

* Reduction in maritime freight with better conditions for the ship owners as well as the facility of cargo handling.

* Reduction in handling costs particularly at the port of destination with the fast discharge of container contents.

* Reduction in insurance costs.

The system of bulk shipments in containers maintains the quality of the services offered by Rodrimar in the controlling of weights and humidity just as for shipments by jute bags. The corresponding detailed certificates are computerized and sent to the importers.

Rodrimar also acts in a leading way with the port operations of other commodities whether in the form of general cargo or bulk grains. The Group is also a leader in the shipping of printing and writing paper, electro-domestic goods and chemicals, principally fertilizers, of which the firm participates in 70% of unloadings in the port of Santos.

The Group enjoys more than 500 active clients, some with more than 40 years of association and some with more than 20 years. The directors of Rodrimar believe that the bulk loading of coffee in containers in maritime transport between countries will be the leading factor for the commercialization of this noble commodity during the decade of the 90's.
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Title Annotation:Rodrimar Group packages and ships green coffee for export
Author:Jones, Harry
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Sep 1, 1992
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