Empresa Portuaria Quetzal has confirmed that there may be interest from private investors in financing the construction of a new pier.
The need to expand the disembarkation pier at Puerto Quetzal is not new. Now the change of government could be an opportunity for this much needed piece of modernization to be realised. Empresa Portuaria Quetzal (EPQ) (EPQ) has confirmed that the investment required ranges between $60 million and $100 million.
Quetzal Port Company is offering a special rate with discounts up to 50% for ships carrying cargo whose origin and destination is Central America.
This project seeks to promote short sea shipping between the ports of Quetzal in Guatemala, Acajutla in El Salvador, Corinth in Nicaragua and Caldera in Costa Rica, and in this way reduce land freight traffic between countries in the region. It is expected that the project will start with th coordination of all sectors involved and carrying out tests.
Evergreen Line is inviting Guatemalan exporters to a presentation of their sea routes.
From a statement from the Guatemalan Exporters Association:
"As a service to users, Evergreen Line, a group of shipping companies will present on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 8:00 am in AGEXPORT, its different services as one of the suppliers of maritime cargo on the market, for those destined for Europe and the U.S.
According Anacafé, international grain buyers are delaying their purchases, waiting for prices to fall.
The international price of coffee is at record levels above $ 210 per bag. Directors of the National Coffee Association (Anacafe) explained that international buyers are expecting prices to fall and added that producers are finding it difficult to sell the product at these prices in the global market.
Maritime shipping rates for cargo have no gone down despite the reduction in the price of oil on the international market, according to importers and exporters.
According to prensalibre.com, "Jean Paul Brichaux, executive director of the Council of International Transport Users of Guatemala (Cutrigua), explained that the shipping agencies increased their rates between May and August to up to $700.
In 2008, the cost of transporting perishable good by ship to the US went up 71%.
The export sector has began to feel the effects of the increase of oil in the international market, as shipping fares went up in May and June when a barrel of oil was more expensive and which has not dropped in accordance with the current price of oil.
During 2008, shipping agencies raised the shipping prices for perishable goods to the US by 71%.
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