Port of Balboa: A transfer option

The port is currently the main regional transfer center for cargo coming from Asia to be sent to various ports in the US, Central and South America.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Three ships carrying cargo arrive weekly from Asia, some of which cannot pass through the Panama Canal due to their size.

The load which they carry is distributed to feeder boats (of smaller sizes) and sent to the east coast of Central and South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico).

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