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“Port Schedules Cannot be Today for Tomorrow”

Within the framework of its participation as a speaker at the seminar “Port Community System (PCS), coordination tools for the port logistics”, the Spanish specialist Lluís Miró, consultant in the area of ports and logistics of the company IDOM (Engineering and Management Works and Mounting), Pablo Fortin of PortalPortuario.cl gave his vision regarding the current Chilean port development and the challenges of the industry , concepts that apply in general to all the Latin American ports.

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Collapse Continues in Containers Movement

According to data released by Eclac, the movement of containerized cargo in Latin American and the Caribbean ports fell 0.9% in 2016, the worst performance since the crisis of 2009, while globally the behavior was positive but low.

The deterioration in 2016 was determined mainly by decreases in the activity of four important Latin American countries: Panama (- 9.1%), Argentina (- 6.1%), Brazil (- 4.4%) and Colombia (- 3.6%), some of them with important activity of transhipment (Balboa, Panama and Cartagena, Colombia). These falls were mitigated by increases observed in some countries in the region that contributed increases to total volume: Uruguay (9.5% increase), Guatemala (8.8%), Peru (8.4%), Dominican Republic (8.3%), Costa Rica (7.3%), Chile (4.8%), Ecuador (4.5%) and Mexico (3.2%).

Globally, during 2016 ports in container traffic also had a low dynamism. According to the estimates of the publication Alphaliner, volumes in the first 100 container ports in the world rose just 1.8 percent in 2016