Regional Coastal Trade on Pacific Coast

A feasibility study has been started on a freight system between the Pacific ports of the region using shallow draft boats.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Launched six years ago, the project has now been reactivated in response to the need to seek alternatives to the increase in freight rates.

The goal is "to accelerate intraregional trade, by eliminating the passing through customs, as happens with land transport."

With a cabotage system, the needs of the east-central United States market could be met from the port of Lazaro Cardenas, while Panama could address the Asian market and the South American Pacific coast. According to Medardo Miguel Galindo, operations manager at the Federation of Agricultural Exporters of Honduras and member of the American Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (FECAEXCA), "this system would reduce operating costs for Central American producers . "



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Short Sea Shipping in Central America

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A feasibility study indicates that the region has economic and port potential to develop a system of short sea shipping.  

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Study on Regional Maritime Cargo

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The preliminary results have been released from a feasibility study on the development of a Short Sea Shipping service in Mesoamerica.

As part of this project, a feasibility study was conducted over the last 12 months, which assessed the movement of cargo from ports with international traffic in the 49 countries that make up the Mesoamerican block (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican Republic).

Regional Maritime Routes Project

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Developing the region's short distance cargo and passenger sea travel could lower costs and favor agricultural exports.

Central America's short distance maritime transport project (TMCD, Spanish Acronym) is advancing. Feasibility studies have determined that with little investment, the 49 ports located in Central America and Mexico, "could be adapted for short distance passenger and cargo transportation, as it is done in Europe".

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