Maersk Could Pay $43 million for Puerto Quetzal

Maersk Group subsidiary have agreed to indemnify the state $43 million and sign a new concession contract in order to operate the Quetzal Container Terminal.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The agreement suggested by the auditor of the Quetzal Container Terminal (TCQ by its initials in Spanish), Alexander Aizenstatd, must be approved by the Guatemalan Congress.

The terminal was taken over, in early June, after the Public Ministry revealed the existence of indications that the terminal was operating an illegal network for laundering money and other assets. reports that "...In a statement released on Monday, Susanne Marston, vice president of APM Terminals, part of the Maersk Group, accepted the proposal that will allow for operation of the TCQ, and which includes the payment of civil damages to the State of Guatemala for $43.2 million as well as the signing of a new concession contract approved by Congress. "

As part of the agreement, the company will also commit to setting up a container control system using X-ray machines, with an investment of more than $6 million.

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