Cargo Movement Grows Less in 2018

After recording a 10% increase between 2016 and 2017, last year the movement of maritime cargo in Panama grew just 2% over the previous year.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The most recent figures of the General Comptroller of the Republic detail that during 2018 the movement of containers in the National Port System totaled 7 million TEUs, 1.7% more than the 6.89 million TEUs reported in 2017.

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In the first half of last year, there was a reported downward trend in the number of containers that were mobilized in the country's posts, however, from July to December there were positive year-on-year variations.

Regarding the metric tons mobilized for the years concerned, the figures show that the volume decreased by 3%, from 86.9 million in 2017 to 84.5 million in 2018.

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