Category: Previous Events
The completion of the Panama Canal expansion; and the recent bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping are the two seismic events of the decade. Ocean carriers APL and MSC join port operator PSA to assess the effects cascading through the global supply chain.
Highlighted the crisis of port industry as a result of the static of the foreign trade and therefore of the containers movement, warning about the oversizing of the sector during times of crisis that has led to failures such as Tecplata in Argentina and La Union in El Salvador.
In accordance with the WTO and JETRO, around a fifth of exports from emerging and developing countries are originated in free zones; hence the great importance on the existence of ports with free zones or free zones with ports (internally or in their neighborhoods.
Coinciding with the Latinports’ Declaration of Panama in January (see full text on our website www.latinports.org), TOC Americas announces the theme of its next meeting to be held in the month of October: main trade routes in the world, expectations and forecasts of the industry with respect to the use of ships with capacities up to 13,200 TEUs, the growing infrastructure of the Panama Canal to meet mega-ships and the continued growth of capacity thanks to the new locks, alternatives of port services on the West Coast and the possible growth of demand on the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Canada, and hubs of transshipment in Caribbean ports.