El Salvador's Sea Cargo Market

Salvadoran ports will handle 150.000 containers in 2010, and 210.000 in 2015.

Friday, December 11, 2009

These figures come from a study conducted by Japanese experts on the country's port potential. The first part of this study has already been delivered to the CEPA, the Salvadoran ports authority.

The investigation was funded by the Japanese government, who is concerned by the lack of definition on what model will be used for the port concession. Because of this, the port is currently inoperative, even though its construction is completed. Japan contributed $100 million for the port's construction.

Guillermo López Suárez, CEPA President, explained that the study "analyzes how much each port imports, exports, which products, what equipment is used to handle cargo, where the cargo is headed and what volume do shipping companies move".

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