Maritime Transports: Costa Rica - China Route Suspended

Because of the lower-than-projected volume of cargo shipped on the September and October services, the maritime route between Port Moin and Shanghai was suspended.

Friday, November 22, 2019

In recent weeks the situation has turned unexpectedly, as late last month Costa Rican exporters announced that they planned to negotiate for 2020 an increase in the frequency of the route, however, the low volume of cargo sent to the Asian giant, caused the interruption of service.

The service began last September 22, when the ship of China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), shipping company of the Chinese government, arrived at the Container Terminal of Moin, and left on September 23 after loading products such as pineapple, banana, meat and orange juice.

Dyalá Jiménez, Minister of Foreign Trade, told Nacion.com that "... the agreement with Cosco allows to keep alive the option of this direct service to China, which was very successful because the product arrived with a transit of 23 days and in very good condition. The tests were made at very close times to each other and we could not prepare in advance exporters to take advantage of the option."

To exploit the sea route, Jiménez said that efforts will be made to have the health protocols that China must provide for other sectors, such as melon, frozen fruit and dried fruit.

Laura Bonilla, president of the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica, said that "... Costa Rica was confronted in this essay with China to a reality: the contacts that the businessmen had made should be reactivated in advance. That is possible with some more time."

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