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11/10/2017 0:00 - Agricultural Commodities Market
Transport in the Paraná-Paraguay waterway grows 40% over the first half of the decade

In the six years between 2010 and 2015, transport in the Paraná-Paraguay waterway has grown 40% in the segment north from the Santa Fe port, reaching a total 21.5 million tons. At the same time, the total number of trips has grown about 30% over the same period. The transport of soybeans and its by-products from Paraguay and Bolivia has been crucial to this development.

​In South America, the Paraná-Paraguay, Alto Paraguay and Tieté-Paraná Waterway form the “Basins of Paraná-Plata” fluvial system, which extends over 7,000 kilometers in Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia. The Paraná-Paraguay waterway by itself is comprised by the Paraguay, Paraná and Uruguay rivers, with a total extension of 3,442 kilometers and a hinterland of over 3.5 million square kilometers.

The following data was surveyed by Hidrovía SA and made available by the Ministry of Transport. Table N° 1 shows the growth in transport (measure in tons) in the segment north from the Santa Fe port.


This growth was primarily based on the increase in the transport of soybeans and its by-products as well as other grains, which contributed an additional 4 million tons. Iron ore shipments did not increase significantly if one simply compares data from the endpoints of the series, but we must highlight significant peaks in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Two of the largest iron ore mining sites in the world (Cerro el Mutum and Macizo de Urucum) are located near the waterway.

Transport of liquid bulk goods has also increased significantly from 2.9 million tons in 2010 to 4 million tons in 2015. Transport of other goods (included fertilizers, cement, and sugar, among others) has doubled in the reference period.


This increase in shipment loads correlates with a larger number of travels, which went from 10,000 in 2010 to 13,038 in 2015. The share of soybeans and its by-products in total travels is about 40%, whereas if we include “other grains” this number rises to 60%.


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