This decade has had unpredictable results on the behaviour of the world and regional economy (optimistic predictions not fulfilled at the beginning of the Decade, bad behavior until last year, surprising revival this year and cautious optimism with respect to the following), which has affected the behavior of containers movement in the ports in the same way.
President of Puertos del Estado, José Llorca, predicted that the current process of alliances that it carry out the shipping companies around the world, aims to take control of all aspects involved in the logistics chain.
The Leading Ports & Logistics Conference for Latin America Panama City
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One year after the third of locks came into operation in the Panama Canal, Latin American ports plans are becoming real, with new projects as well as new needs for update and modernize facilities, opening wide business opportunities.
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.
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
Excerpt from an interesting article written by Karla López for the latest edition of the Informar magazine of the Ecuador Maritime Chamber, Camae.