Train Demanded for La Unión Port

For the new port to be able to compete with other ports in the region and as an inter-oceanic canal, La Unión needs a train connection to Guatemala.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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, 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."

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Railway Project in El Salvador

February 2013

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. 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.

No Vessels in Puerto La Union Since August

October 2010

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, 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."

Japan and WB Worry for Lack of Activity at Port La Unión

October 2009

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.

El Salvador presents terms for port concession bids

June 2008

Authorities in El Salvador have presented the terms of the tender that will lead to concessions for the ports of Acajutla and La Unión.

The operator will have to invest US$95 million in the first five years, according to the terms presented by Rolando Díaz Benavides of the nation's Autonomous Executive Ports Commission (CEPA).

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