Whenever we receive a visit, the curiosity to know what it is like to be a pioneer in such a volatile area in terms of standards and rates as COMEX arises. As curious as I am, I sought to know the past of the company to which I joined in August 1985, although I had already worked with its services, as a representative of Itaipu. The founder Mr. Aloísio Pinho was a pioneer in dispatches of the 9th Fiscal Rg. (PR/ SC), but left rare memories partially redeemed with customers and suppliers. At the time, the Wood Export dominated and so the first office of Pinho was in Antonina, a building still existing with the Pine Logo visible in its external painting, eternalized in a modern photo displayed in our antessala in Curitiba. Since then many things have changed, but the fame of being a vanguard and innovative company has only grown.
The Pioneerism of Pinho was not only in the area of Customs Clearance in the 9th fiscal year, but extrapolated its world to accessory services such as the Consolidated Transport Insurance, which simplified the process so much that the market tripled its size, reaching all points of the country with thousands of entries in the Pinho Policy being managed by a Curitiba of the 1980s, still shy in the national scenario. The practice developed by Pinho with the support of Bradesco Seguros S.A. spread throughout Brazil, being then copied by competitors after 10 years of reign solo.
with hundreds of air and sea shipments filling our Airways, mainly Varig, but also others like Lufthansa, Swissair, British, KLM, Alitalia and the late SAS among others that were also excellent partners. Another great achievement was to make the first direct DTA (customs transit declaration), from the VCP Airport (Viracopos) to a Bonded Warehouse without passing through Curitiba Airport. Hundreds of trucks were used in this project without any accident or incident.
In the maritime business, PINHO was the Pioneer in the NVOCC of export, saving a difficult reality of a Silk Cooperative that had sold small lots of PURE HEDA to several countries in the East and that found themselves without General Cargo Vessels to send them. In this operation, a Director of Pine fought to get a Container on his behalf to send it to an agent in Singapore to forward the cargo to its final destinations: Singapore(4); Calcutta (1); Hong Kong (1); Melbourne (3). This was at a time when values could not be freely remitted between nations, due to the strong control of the Central Bank in which the average time to receive authorization to receive the value in Cruzados and new authorization to remit values out was 25 days with an inflation of at least 10% per month. The solutions found in this service, which lasted at least 5 years of almost isolated reign, were miraculous to the point of writing a novel with hundreds of chapters.
Several mega-projects in the energy areas passed through Pinho, such as the release of cargo from Itaipú with 360-ton transformers and almost simultaneous customs releases of cargo at the Port of Rio de Janeiro and Paranaguá, because they could not be moved by the port of Santos because of the precarious transport in the mountains, since the Bandeirantes Highway could not be used. In the same way at the Salto Segredo Plant. American war tanks, used in the Desert Storm operation in the Gulf War had their customs procedures carried out by Pine.
In the Legal field, Pinho was the first company to challenge DECEX and Banco do Brasil by entering a Warrant against that agency and releasing the Import Guide for the Gazeta do Povo's Revolving Machine, which generated a gigantic economy for that company that stopped paying 1.3% of the value of the cargo in exchange for issuing the Import Guide, which in one way or another condemned this fee forever until it was extinguished.
Pine's pioneering spirit in various sectors throughout its existence would need a book to be remembered. From its founder, Aloísio Pinho to his replacement, General Clovis Ferreira de Souza, who remained active in the presidency of the company until he was 100 and a half years old, he died in November 2017 when he entered St. Stanislaus Parish in Curitiba to attend the daily Mass, an act that preceded his arrival at Pinho at around 7:40 a.m. He left at 4:00 p.m. to go alone by bus to his residence. An example of the life of a great president who replaced his predecessor, Aloísio Pinho, in his duties as leader.
That's another story that deserves a post soon.