Schencker from Germany, Blue Logistic from Colombia and the Panamanian companies J Cain & Co. and Colon Import, and two groups who preferred to remain anonymous, have expressed interest in participating in the project.
Joseph Fidanque III, manager of Tocumen S.A., said that when they have the plans for the free zone, which it is estimated will be in about four months, they will call a tender for the construction of the work, which is part of a cargo logistics plan, and includes an investment in the long-term of $70 million.For the first phase they have already approved $15 million, part of which will be used for soil conditioning and roadworks.
The project to build an intermodal "dry port" on the Guatemala-Mexico border, which has been valued at $40 million, will be developed through a public-private partnership.
Through an agreement between the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) and the National Agency on Partnerships for Economic Infrastructure Development (ANADIE) will a plan will be developed to carry out the project to build an Intermodal Dry Port in Tecun Uman which will be developed under a public-private partnership scheme.
The Asian country believes that the improvement in the country's logistical conditions as a result of the Canal expansion, represents an opportunity to set up a distribution platform geared towards Latin America.
The first stage of the project to develop a logistics center and free zone on 200 hectares in a section of Panama City airport will be tendered in six months.
The head of Tocumen S.A. told Laestrella.com.pa that"... the beginning of the bidding process is expected within six months, and the first stage will start with an investment of $15 million. 'The board of directors has already authorized us to start with the development of the urbinization to adapt 60 hectares for the concession and build the logistics craft'."
With a "roadmap" proposed for the next four years, the sector aims to improve conditions in the country as a logistics hub and compete better with other Latin American ports.
With the help of the CAF Development Bank, the sector of Panamanian logistics companies aims to develop a plan to improve the supply of services in the country and compete better with other logistics development poles that have improved their position in Latin America.One example is Colombia and its Cartagena and Buenaventura port terminals, explained Susana Pinilla, from the CAF.""... The boats when docked in those ports do transshipment, which has access to value-added processes; or they serve the need for supplies.There is a robust supply of bunker, among other conditions referenced in catalogs on global logistics services. "
On October 18 in San Salvador, logistics companies will be gathering together to discuss issues related to new models of distribution and logistics.
Among the topics to be discussed at the event organized by GS1 are Collaborative Logistics, technology as an enabler of value networks, Visibility in value networks, the challenges of the digital world, innovation, mobile technologies and networking, sustainability and Triple Baseline (Money - People - Planet), among other things.
The union of exporters and the Turkish government are proposing setting up a business center in Panama that will function as a platform for trade with the rest of the region.
The aim of the Turkish Exporters Assembly is to explore business opportunities in the region, using Panama as a central point and from there to presenting its exports not only to Central America but also to South American countries.
Ransa group plans to invest $4 million in the construction of a cold chamber in Guatemala and is preparing to expand its warehouses in El Salvador.
The Central American subsidiary of the Peruvian operator Ransa is also assessing whether the conditions are right to develop a cold chain in Honduras.In the case of the investments planned for Guatemala, it has been reported that the plan is to invest $4 million in total"... 2,000 positions, where there will be specialized containers forrefrigerated and frozen products. In addition, they will build a distribution center for dry goods, thereby increasing their ability to benefit customers. "
I Panama companies warn that container traffic will drop if the implementation of the new tariffs for food import inspections are not stopped.
The Business Council Logistics (Coel) is concerned that if the new tariffs do come into force of on July 3, "... the window will open for other state institutions to suggest similar increases, putting at risk the second most important sector of the Panamanian economy after the Panama Canal. "
As soon as the third set of locks starts operating, the Canal Authority plans to develop logistics and industrial projects in the thousand hectares located west of the waterway, near the former Rodman base.
Building a roll-on roll-of port, an industrial area and an area to store refrigerated cargo are part of the recommendations that Antea Group made to the Panama Canal Authority, after it requested a study to determine the feasibility of developing the area. The main objective of the Panama Canal Authority is to take advantage of the expansion of the road and increase its value, providing complementary services to local and multinational companies.
In an area measuring 200 hectares the airport administration will develop a free zone for logistics companies, investing $30 million in the first stage.
The airport administrators said that "... the plans focus on adapting the 200 hectares that are part of the land area of the cargo terminal, transforming them mainly so that they can be developed by companies working in logistics services, storage of goods, assembly, high - tech companies related to aviation and airports, processing of finished or semi - finished products, specialized health services, among other things. "
The area in the Pacific entrance to the Canal could be leased by the State for the construction and operation of logistics infrastructure such as warehouses, cold storage facilities, ship repairs and a port for vehicles.
The 1,200 hectares owned by the State and "discovered" after cleaning and dredging of the areas surrounding the Canal expansion are part of a development plan that the Ministry of Affairs of the Canal is preparing to start when the new locks come into operation. The initial proposal is to lease the land to private companies so that they can develop the area, providing logistics services, transportation and communications to related industries.
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