Containerized port movement of Latin America and the Caribbean reached 41.3 million TEUs in 2011, an increase of 11.1% compared with 2010, according to the latest CEPAL (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) Maritime Bulletin.
The report summarized information of 143 ports scattered around the region, including international traffic, empty containers, transshipment and cabotage.
According to the ranking of containerized port traffic “Latin America and the Caribbean 2011” in the CEPAL report, the top twenty container ports in the region grew by 12.3%, with only two of the top twenty regional ports registering a slight decrease in their activity compared to 2010.
The report highlights that 19.1% of total regional port movements is driven by Brazil, followed by Panama, with 16% and Mexico at 10.23%.
Chile is the fourth busiest port operator, registering 8.21% of the regional total, followed by Colombia with 5.16% and the ports of Argentina 5.21%.
In the Caribbean, Jamaica is the top country at subregional and regional level with 4.58%, according to CEPAL.
Despite the increase in cargo movement in 2011, the report notes that the ports of Latin America and the Caribbean are taking a world share of 7.3%, a slight increase compared with the participation of 7.2% recorded the previous year.
Asian ports, including China, account for more than 60% of containerized cargo movement worldwide, according to the report.
Again, the Pacific coast of Panama grew by 45.7% and to a lesser extent Mexico by around 17%, at a time when the east coast of the United States did 4%.
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