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Georgia Tech Panama offers executive logistic program

Georgia Tech Panama is offering a program with two sets of professional certification courses in “Lean Supply Chain” and “Principles of the Supply Chain and Logistics”.

These courses will be held in the City of Knowledge, Clayron, Panama, from January 22 to 24.

More than 209 certificates have been issued by Georgia Tech (40 Professional Certifications) to executives and professionals in logistics and supply chain, through two educational series: The Lean Supply Chain Series and [...]

Rates hike threat alarms exporters

A possible 25% increase in shipping rates and entry into force of the new Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) between Panama and the US have alarmed some local agricultural exporters.

Francisco Edwin Perez, president of the Union of Non Traditional Agricultural Exporters of Panama (Gantrap), said they recently met with representatives of the Danish shipping company Maersk Line, who announced an increase in the rates.

According to the representative of the Gantrap, the increase would be [...]

Maritime cluster created in Chile

Chilean shipping companies, ports, shipyards, ships’ agents, and other firms and players of the maritime sector are working out details to form a cluster, unprecedented in the Chilean industry.

It is to increase competitiveness and foster sectorial policies. The initiative is led by the National Shipowners’ Association (ANA), which is composed of firms linked to shipping, such as Urenda, Von Appen and Luksic, among others.

The ANA is organizing this initiative and has the support [...]

Panama well represented at AAPA conference

Carlos Urriola, General Manager of Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) will represent Panama at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 2013 Latin American and Caribbean Executive Management Conference.

The agenda will cover the benefits and challenges of port concessions, port privatization and strategic alliances within the region.

This semi-annual, three-day conference is expected to draw over 100 port and maritime professionals from all over the Western Hemisphere, especially from ports in the Caribbean and Central [...]

Panama Canal opens tariff consultations

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) begins this month the first consultations with the international maritime industry on tariffs once expansion is completed.

As a first step, the ACP Administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano, will meet with the International Chamber of Shipping in London. Quijano, who previously served as director of operations for the ACP, knows the sector well. The establishment of the new pricing structure is a major challenge for the new management. The expansion is [...]

Latin American container volume will continue to grow next year

Container movement on the West Coast of South America will grow 9.8% compared to that of the east coast of South America that will be 8.8%, but in the first case due more to imports than exports.

This container movement growth forecast for South America will impact the volume on the Isthmus of Panama, being the cargo transshipment center of the region.

Many Latin American exports go to Asia and also to both coasts of [...]

Panama’s growth outstrips Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Argentina

The expected slowdown in Latin America as a result of partial transmission of the global crisis will divide the region in 2012 into two blocs: the most open economies, which will show the best impact, although with reduced advancement, and those which recorded a sharp decline in their expansion.

A view of the region this year will offer a picture of a two-speed marketplace and in the first group are those countries that have opted [...]