After the first month of the port´s operation, the port showed some movement by receiving one ship per week, but since then it has remained completely inactive.
According to Maria José Saavedra article´s in Laprensagrafica.com, the president of the Salvadoran Association of Cargo Transport Entrepreneurs (ASETCA), Nelson Vanegas, suggested that "Puerto La Union could specialize in cooling containers and Puerto Acajutla, could specialize in grains, fuels, gases and any liquids, so that companies know best what products land on each port."
The cargo transportation costs between La Union and San Salvador, are double that of the port of Acajutla and this becomes the main reason for operators to prefer the latter. This adds to the lack of complementary investments in La Union like transportation facilities. Meanwhile, the bid process to grant the port´s operation to a private company remains stalled at political levels.
The inaugurated port remains inactive, and both Japan and the World Bank are helping for defining a concession model.
The new port is currently inactive, as there is still no definition regarding how to give it under concession to an operator. In light of this, technicians from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are in the country gathering information about the port, in order to help design a solution.
For the new port to be able to compete with other ports in the region and as an inter-oceanic canal, La Unión needs a train connection to Guatemala.
The former president of the Autonomous Executive Commission (CEPA), Hugo Barrera, said, "If the railway between La Unión Port y Santo Tomás de Castilla in Guatemala cannot be rehabilitated, it will just be another port."