Technology and operational digitalization contribute to cost reduction in the logistics of cargo transport activities in Brazilian ports

The adoption of new technological innovation solutions in Brazilian ports has contributed to a drastic cost reduction in the logistics of cargo transport operations between national and international complexes in recent years Photo: Prosertek




The adoption of new technological innovation solutions in Brazilian ports has contributed to a drastic cost reduction in the logistics of cargo transport operations between national and international complexes in recent years

After a few years of growth in digitalization in the Brazilian port market, the company KPMG carried out a survey on the use of technology to reduce costs in the logistics of charge transport. In this way, the company commented last Thursday, (05/05), on how the current dynamics of the port sector has benefited from the adoption of technology and new solutions for the operation with these products. 

The pandemic period was essential for the growth in the use of technology as a way of reducing costs in the logistics of transporting cargo at port terminals

The initial years of the Covid-19 pandemic period marked a drastic change in the operations of sectors across the global market, but mainly the port sector. This segment was highly impacted by the difficulty of carrying out operations of cargo transport amid the closing of markets and, as a result, it needed to be more dynamic to use operational technology as a way of guaranteeing more productivity in these activities, in addition to reducing costs in the logistics of operations.

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Thus, the company KPMG sought to relate these data and interviewed Brazilian and international CEOs in relation to changes in the logistics of cargo transport operations with the use of technology in ports. And, at the end of the survey, it was found that 87% of Brazilians interviewed and 67% of international CEOs would rethink their approach to dealing with this new scenario.

32% of global CEOs believe that the way forward is for companies to adopt more agile methodologies “to respond to changing customer needs”, using technology as a way to reduce the costs of these activities. This happens because, the more efficient and faster the logistics process of cargo transport operations in ports, the smaller the margin of error in the activities.

In this way, there is not only greater control over what is happening, but also a reduction in the waste of resources used. Thus, companies end up benefiting from more productivity and a high cost reduction in logistics applied within the scenario of moving goods in the domestic and foreign markets. 

Brazilian ports strongly adhere to the use of technology to ensure more efficiency and cost reduction in freight transport logistics

Still in relation to the research by the company KPMG, the final report highlighted that “the progress of the digitization of operations and the creation of the next generation of the operating model were accelerated in a matter of months” throughout the period of the pandemic. And, when it comes to the adoption of technology to reduce costs in cargo transport, Brazilian ports achieved great prominence in the entire international market over the years 2020 and 2021. 

Among the projects and solutions adopted by national ports involving technology in this sense, the “Porto sem Papel” (PSP) is the most recent and efficient. This solution aims to facilitate the analysis and release of goods, generating savings of more than 3.1 billion reais per year. In addition, it also allows information to be accessed through the Single Virtual Document (DUV), making process management faster and safer and, consequently, reducing logistics costs for transporting goods in Brazilian ports. 

Finally, the use of technology in national port complexes is now moving towards the segment of sustainability and renewable energies, mainly with the adoption of data control systems for better productivity within this resource generation chain.

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Ruth Rodrigues
Graduated in Biological Sciences from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte (UERN), she works as a writer and scientific disseminator.