Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world-leading marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, is opening four new offices in Brazil following a new partnership with fertiliser specialist, Nelson Guilloux.

With over 40 years’ experience in the shipping industry including 10 years in the fertiliser market, Mr Guilloux is working with ISS Brazil to combine expertise and presence in the sector.

Following the new partnership, ISS Brazil has created a dedicated team to attend fertiliser ship calls in all Brazilian ports and will open four more offices across the country to expand its services. Three offices will open in the southern region in Paranagua, Rio Grande and Porto Alegre - while a further office will open in Recife in the northeast, taking its total offices in the country to 14.

Offering greater value and expertise to this specialist market, the dedicated ISS fertiliser team will manage all operations and processes, while a market intelligence department will provide customers with a range of tools including comparative port information, monthly reports, port alerts and customised analysis.

Brazil imported more than 24,000 million tons of fertiliser in 2014, mainly from the USA, Russia, Morocco and Canada, giving rise to around 1500 vessel calls to mostly southern ports. ISS Brazil recently attended two ships discharging fertiliser at Hermasa Terminal, Itacoatiara, in the Amazon region.

Henrique Schlaepfer, Managing Director, ISS Brazil commented: “We are delighted to be serving customers with four additional offices in Brazil as part of this initiative. Mr Guilloux has an excellent reputation in the market and is widely recognised both here and around the world for his expertise in the fertiliser sector.”