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."
The concession model for the operation of the port has not yet been defined.
Blanca Abarca, in her article Laprensagrafica.com, described that "in the judgment of the former official, with the revitalization of the railway between El Salvador and Guatemala, the Salvadoran shipping terminal can establish itself as an alternative route to the Panama Canal and thereby become a transoceanic bridge and allow the transfer of raw materials or finished products from the East Coast of the United States to Asia or vice versa, or even Europe."
Through means of a concession or a private public partnership, the new transport system for passengers and cargo train requires an investment of $650 million.
Elmundo.com.sv reports that "The Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) has signed an agreement with the Spanish company Tramrail to conduct the studies for feasibility, and social, economic and environmental impact for a rail system.
Carriers suggest specializing the ports of La Union and Acajutla in order to make them more attractive.
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 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.
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