Container movement up 6.7% in 75 Latin America and Caribbean ports

Container movement in ports of Latin America and the Caribbean increased by 6.7% during the first quarter of 2017. The figures are encouraging for a large number of container ports in the region, according to a newsletter released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The increase in the port movement of containers reverses the deceleration observed in the activity in 2016, with the increase determined in the first quarter, mainly, by the increase in the activity of eight countries: Nicaragua (22.1%) Panama (12.6%) Mexico (10.0%) Chile (10.0%) Peru (8.2%) the Dominican Republic (38.8%) Guatemala (6.9%) and Honduras (7.7%).

Other countries with positive growth rates were Brazil (1.4%) Costa Rica (1.2%) Uruguay (2.7%) and El Salvador (1.0%). The ports of the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Guatemala, Panama, Chile, Peru and Mexico showed the highest growth rates in the region: Caucedo (54%) Haina (18%) Suape 29.5%) Colón (26.4%) Valparaíso (21.9%) Paita (18.2%) Callao (7.3%) Veracruz 3%) and Altamira (9.9).

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