The above is in comparison to the same period last year, according to the manager of the ZLC, Nilda Quijano.
In statements to Prensa.com, she added: "In the face of the crisis, international companies in the ZLC have had a decrease of 11.6% with respect to 2008. However, we are staying optimistic and believe that with the dynamics of our entrepreneurs and the financial center of our country we are not going to have major constraints."
In February 2009, imports and re-exports totaled $1.143 billion or 11.6% less than in February 2008.
Surse Pierpoint, vice president of the Association of Colón Free Zone Users, told prensa.com that: "There seems to be a trend, a cooling in the commercial movement of the markets we serve," and under normal conditions this would "be worrisome.
Movement of goods in the Colon Free Zone have continue to be strong. Evidence of this is that from January to November, accumulated commercial activity in the zone was at a total of $18 billion dollars, or a growth of 18.7$ compared to the same period last year.
Import and re-export activity in the Zone reached $13.92 million.
Imports totaled $6.44 billion, an increase of 15.9%, while re-exports totaled $6.65 million for an increase of 8.5% in the same period, according to information provided by the manager of that entity, Nilda Quijano, during presentation of the budget in the Budget Commission of the Assembly.
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