The increase comes after two years of decreases, 7% in 2008 and 4% in 2009.
"The sum of solids, liquids, general cargo and containers in 2010 came to 5.2 metric tons, while in 2009 it was 4.5. Exports amounted to 2.3 in 2010 and in 2009 was down to 2.1 metric tons", reported Siglo21.com.gt.
In 2010, maritime freight activity recorded an increase of 7% compared to 2009.
Rolando Rousselin, director of the National Ports Commission (NPC), noted the successful and historic figures.
"According to NPC statistics, Puerto Quetzal was the one which reported more activity, an increase of 13 percent, followed by Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla, with 9 percent, while Puerto Barrios reported 8 percent," explained Prensalibre.com.
The ports handled 3.5 million metric tonnes more than in 2013, due to an increase of 213% in the cargos of lead, nickel, zinc, iron and other minerals.
In 2014, the movement of cargo from the port of Quetzal recorded a growth rate of 11%, Las Boyas de San José, 24%, Puerto Barrios terminal reported no change and the Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla had the strongest growth, of 36%.