The São Paulo International Airport Cargo Terminal (Teca) has strengthened its position as the country’s main airport logistics park, reaching 42% of the market share in 2018.
The 305,904 tonnes processed last year represent an increase of 8% from 2017. A total of 161,366 tonnes (+ 9%) were imported and 144,538 tonnes (+ 7%) of goods were exported through the terminal. On the first quarter of 2019, the volume transported reached 68.533 tonnes.
Another milestone of 2018 was the 35% growth in the share of full cargo flights in the total volume of imported cargo. Essential to this growth was the launched of new routes of freighters from Europe, the United States and Asia operated by Qatar, LATAM Cargo, Avianca Cargo, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Cargo. As a result, importers and exporters have more options for shipments that require freighter capabilities.
GRU Airport has also the largest airport refrigerated storage capacity in Brazil, with more than 37,000 cubic meters of storage to handle pharmaceuticals and perishable commodities. Its 21 cold rooms meet all temperature ranges and all types of products. There are 3,120 spaces for perishable products, focused on pharmaceuticals, and 360 spaces for refrigerated shipping containers.
By 2019, it is expected the delivery of an antechamber for pre cooling of the cargo, with 800 square meters. The area will have 360 pallet-loading spaces with room temperature between 16 ° C and 22 ° C. Also, for this year, is expected the delivery of the new warehouse dedicated to hazardous goods for exports, with a 5,000 m² area.
The nature of the business – The results are due to several factors that differentiate the Cargo Terminal of GRU Airport: with an area of approximately 100,000 m², its vicinity to the main highways of São Paulo and the main cities of the State, makes GRU Airport the main airport to 46% Brazilian importers and exporters.
Besides all large cities of Brazil, TECA also connects 31 countries. São Paulo International Airport has invested in operational and infrastructure improvements, meeting the requirements of the cargo transportation sector. Investments led to an 76% increase in storage capacity.
Since January last year, TECA customer service area has begun an electronic process to receive the documents for the release of imported cargo. The digitalization of the process enables a more efficient and agile service, since it eliminates the need for the physical presence of the service requestor and the issuance of different paper documents. This system reduced the average time to release imported cargo by 20% (from 84h to 64h).
Lastly, considering the quality of GRU Airport, the airport aims to obtain the IATA CEIV PHARMA certification by the end of 2019.