Cargo Movement in Ports Up 10%

In 2013 the movement of cargo by sea and air increased by 10% and 8% respectively compared to the previous year.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

From a press release issued by the National Port Commission of Guatemala (CPN):

Cargo volume increases in 2013

Despite the fact that earnings from foreign trade -imports and exports- stalled in 2013, the physical volume of trade increased, according to results from the movement of air and ocean freight.

Statistics from the Committee on Imports and Exports (Combex Im) indicate that in 2013 the value of goods transported was 61,429,000 kilograms representing an increase of 6.5% compared with 2012, when 57,666,000 kilograms were mobilized .

The data reveals that total exports amounted to 34,270,000 kilograms, equivalent to an increase of 7.6% compared to 2012, when exports were 31,746,000 kilos, ie, an increase of 2,524,000 kilos.

On the side of imports, 27,158,000 kilos were transported, equivalent to an increase of 4.7%, ie 1,238,000 kilos. In 2012, 25,920,000 kilos were shipped.

According to Edvin Merlos Daniel, manager of the company Cargo Solutions, the increased volume by air is partly explained by the dynamics of e-commerce in the country.

"A change is being seen in the buying habits of domestic consumers, who are now acquire more goods through the internet abroad, especially in the USA." he said.

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