New Shipping Line Nicaragua - Panama - Costa Rica

Nicaraguan products will be able to go directly to the ports of Costa Rica and Panama at less cost than by land.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The new Naviera Mercante Nicaragüense (Namenic) will have a direct sea connection from the Port of Corinto with Costa Rica and Panama. The aim is to speed up freight, which currently enters or exits by land as well as lowering the cost of transporting goods.

"We hope this will be well received by shipping agencies, exporters and importers who pay for freight," said Mauricio Irías, CEO of Namenic.

"... There was an urgent need to provide this service because no other shipping company transports cargo from Panama to Puerto Corinto since they all dock and then go up to the East coast, Mexico and California and cross over to the Asian continent."

"The only cruise line that actually uses a direct route from Corinto to Panama is Namenic. We remind you that by land to Costa Rica is 1,500 miles and has the problems of fines, excess weight, imbalances, among other risks compared to the 700 nautical miles traveled by this boat ... ".



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