Guatemala: Worries about high maritime tariffs
Maritime shipping rates for cargo have no gone down despite the reduction in the price of oil on the international market, according to importers and exporters.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
According to prensalibre.com, "Jean Paul Brichaux, executive director of the Council of International Transport Users of Guatemala (Cutrigua), explained that the shipping agencies increased their rates between May and August to up to $700.
The accelerating rise of fuel prices has passed through to increase the cost of operating maritime fleets.
Quetzal Port Company is offering a special rate with discounts up to 50% for ships carrying cargo whose origin and destination is Central America.
Shipping companies are preparing to increase by between 10% and 12% the rates for maritime transport from Guatemala to the United States.
Compared to the 2007 record of 8 billion tons in transports, global maritime commerce fell substantially in 2008, dragged down by the crisis.
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