Friboi – the beef unit of JBS, a food giant from Brazil – set a new export logistics record for frozen beef shipped by railroad, with an 80% increase in container volume year-on-year. So far this year, container shipping is up 50% compared with the same period in 2018.
Rail has become a financially viable alternative and is also more sustainable, as it emits fewer pollutants. Friboi has tailored its operations throughout the past year and rail shipping is now part of its export feasibility strategy, accounting for over 30% of international shipments.
The Friboi logistics department is implementing several initiatives to increase competitiveness on new and existing markets using alternative logistics, such as rail. This year, the company plans to increase rail shipments by 40%.
Between January 2018 and May 2019, the decision to use rail has, on its own, helped Friboi cut tCO2e emissions by 9.4 thousand tons. These emissions are equivalent to 1,625 trips around the world by car or 5,092 cars on the road for a year.