Price war at sea

Shipping companies are seeing a decrease in the volume of maritime cargo and their earnings, and have begun to pressure the Panama Canal concerning the toll.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


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The Panama Canal Authority has set a price increase schedule for the Canal toll for 2009 and 2010, and the large shipping companies, which are experiencing a decrease in earnings due to the drop in maritime trade, are looking for ports where they can operate a lower cost. Ports on the eastern United States could be an option for ships coming from Asia and eventually more profitable than going through the Panama Canal.

Marco Gandasegui reports in an article on Laestrella.com that "According to Lloyd's List, shipping companies are pressuring the ACP to cancel or postpone the toll increase programed from 2009. The decrease in maritime trading is threatening to bankrupt several companies. The Suez Canal, according to the report, is in an even more difficult situation because many companies have changed their routes, to avoid the Egyptian waterway."

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