Cargo in Ports Decreases by 9.5% in Guatemala

During the first quarter, 3.8 million metric tons in imports and exports were mobilized.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

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 "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."

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Some 300 thousand metric tons less than last year were imported at Port Quetzal.

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.

Cargo Up 13% in Guatemalan Ports

March 2011

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

Traffic in Puerto Quetzal Increases by 33%

September 2011

Despite this increase, there was a decrease in attended vessels.

In the first eight months of the year freight grew by 33% compared to the same period last year, reflecting the dynamism experienced by the ports of Guatemala this year.

The increase in cargo carried and the decrease in ships that arrived in Puerto Quetzal is explained in part by the larger ships being used now, which are able to carry more cargo than before.

Ports in Limon Lag Behind

June 2011

Despite the delays, modernization initiatives are emerging as potential positive signals for the Costa Rican ports.

The ports of Moin and Limon, two gateways of international trade into the country, are lagging behind compared to other ports in the region and Latin America.

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