March 9 - Yusen Logistics Do Brasil - the Brazilian subsidiary of major Japanese forwarder Yusen Logistics - has established a dedicated project cargo team in Sao Paulo.

With booming automotive, industrial and energy industries, Brazil has become a key player in the global projects market, said Yusen. The team will help support the company's overall project cargo network, as well as develop services to help meet the growing demand for such business in South America.

"The focus on the Brazilian market comes at exactly the right time to match the increase in demand for these services," said Marcos Pultrini, project team leader. "While we have provided project support in the past, the formation of this team as part of our global project network is a real advantage to our customers in this market."

The team will provide global project consultation, planning and implementation across all modes of transport. Yusen will handle breakbulk cargoes, over-dimensional heavy machinery and equipment, and organise ro-ro and heavy lift ocean services, as well as out-of-gauge shipments on container vessels.

Yusen said that although the team will cover all industries, its services will focus on industrial goods, energy components and general machinery.

"In many cases, it more cost effective to import heavy equipment and machinery from the USA, Europe and China, than it is to build these same parts in Brazil," said Pultrini. "We expect to see much growth in this area."