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
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
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%.