"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 decision by shippers not to use the Mexican ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas has significantly influenced growth.
Retention of containers in 2010 in the Mexican ports has caused several shipping companies to opt for the terminal in Guatemala instead.
With the inauguration of the Seventh Regional Maritime Congress, Estuardo Villatoro, sub interventor of the Port of Quetzal (EPQ) noted, "We expect to attend to about 60,000 container movements this year."
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%.
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