Commercial Activity Increases 17% at the Colón Free Zone

In May, commercial activity at the Colón Free Zone was $1.574 billion, 17.4% more than the $1.340 billion reached during the same period of 2008.

Monday, June 15, 2009


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A 20% increase in imports and a 15.2% increase in re-exports were registered.

Roberto González in an article in Prensa.com highlights comments by Raúl Moreira, director of Planning and Finances at the Colón Free Zone: “...the first months of the year are usually the slow season and after May activity resumes."



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