Experts in the field are recommending dedicated grain handling facilities so there is no chance of it being mixed with other products.
"The increase is prices is reviving the cultivation of cereal crops in high-productivity zones because it provides an export opportunity," said David Marcano of the Port of Santander in Spain.
Over the past 10 years Panama has become one of the busiest container port countries in the world, due to its extensive port facilities.
Nevertheless, grain has not figured prominently in this until recently. There is only one port outfitted specifically for grain handling, at Cristóbal, operated by the company Desarrollo Posicional.
Other installations could handle grain but need to be retrofitted or modernized.
The movement of bulk cargo in the port system of Panama in the first half of the year fell by 21% compared to the same period in 2015.
Between January and June the transport of containerized cargo fell by 15% compared to the same period in 2015, according to figures from the Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia.In the case of general cargo, there was an increase of 13% compared to the same period in 2015.
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