Puerto Santo Tomás Loses Competitiveness

Due to lack of investment in machinery and equipment in recent years and slow loading and unloading of vessels, the shipping company Maersk Line is to partially suspend its operations in the Guatemalan port terminal.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The recovery of some customers and the announcement of a new route between Santo Tomás and Puerto Morelos, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, led to positive expectations weeks ago, but with the announcement of Maersk Line, the outlook is now different.

See "Santo Tomás projects increase in maritime cargo"

The National Port Company (Empornac) said in a statement that the decision to reduce operations by the " ... shipping company is due to the fact that in recent years lack of investment in machinery and equipment has been recurrent, making loading and unloading processes slow ...That led to a decrease of 2,700 containers per week".

Walder Velásquez, president of the Association of Customs Managers, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... he regretted that the low capacity of operations in the port caused the reduction of vessel movement by Maersk, which he considered the first step towards the company completely leaving, which would mean millions in losses and would cause unemployment in the region."

See also "Guatemala and Honduras compete for Salvadoran cargo"

The article reports that "...There is a fear that the transnational company will suspend its operations in the Caribbean and in turn will reorient towards Puerto Cortés, Honduras, where Guatemalan imports or exports would arrive."

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