Coffee: Lack of Containers Affects Exports

As a result of the imbalance reported in world trade flows due to the pandemic, Nicaraguan coffee producers have been affected by the shortage of containers facing the country.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Since the beginning of the year, the operating costs of maritime freight have been impacted, since due to the restrictions imposed in several countries around the world, containers have been stranded.

In the last few months’ trade flows have started to become more dynamic, however, there is a deficit of containers, since they are being transported empty to other parts of the world.

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Manuel Miranda, president of the Nicaraguan Coffee Exporters Association (Excan), told that "... the challenge with exports of the golden bean is the lack of available containers, since coffee is exported in 20-foot containers and shipping lines have a limited stock. Nicaragua is fed with new containers when there are imports of items such as refrigerators, televisions, etc., but imports have fallen."

Miranda explained that "... as there is a reduction in imports after 2018, fewer and fewer 20-foot containers are arriving to Nicaragua and consequently there is a shortage of them to export coffee. Additional to that, with the economic recovery seen in some parts of the world, after Covid-19, there are more countries demanding 20-foot containers due to the reactivation of world trade, those two things are causing fewer containers to arrive in Nicaragua."

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