Maria Isabel Fernandez, the executive director of the National Port Commission (CNP), said that the reduction in bulk solids and liquids (petroleum); however, the handling of containers grew 6% compared to 2007.
The increase in fuel prices in the international market during 2008 and the economic recession in the USA impacted movement of maritime cargo for import and export in the country.
During the first quarter, 3.8 million metric tons in imports and exports were mobilized.
The above figure moved through the three ports and the buoys terminal (liquid) that the country operates. For the same period in 2008, the total was 4.2 million metric tons.
Antonio Asencio, project director of the National Ports Commission (NPC) informed Prensalibre.com: "Despite the fact that the movement of containers at Puerto Quetzal, Port Santo Tomás de Castilla and Puerto Barrios in Izabal has diminished, it has been slight. However, the Escuintla buoys terminal has been the hardest hit. Less fuel, chemicals, molasses and other oil derivatives have been exported and imported."
Cargo movement at ports rose only 10%, because other items such as containers and general cargo registered decreases.
Container cargo decreased 10.5% between January and May 2009 when compared to the same period of 2008, the largest drop among all port sectors. General cargo and 20 feet container movement also decreased, 3.3% and 3.7% respectively.
Exports and imports moved cargo for 7.57 million metric tons in 2010, 13% higher than 2009.
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.
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