Santo Tomás Forecasts Increase in Maritime Cargo

Due to a recovery of customers and the start-up of a new route, the port terminal in Guatemala expects to mobilize 320,000 containers this year, 8% more than in 2017.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Starting in May, the Santo Tomás de Castilla National Port Company (Empornac) will have a new logistics route that will connect the Guatemalan port with the Mexican terminal of Puerto Morelos, in the state of Quintana Roo.

See: "Guatemala and Honduras compete for Salvadoran cargo"

Regarding Empornac's coverage of the new route in southern Mexico, Claudia Del Águila, representative of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters, told Dca.gob.gt that " ...'Santo Tomás de Castilla is the main port of exit for Guatemalan exports that go to the United States and Europe. Therefore, the new route represents an option to increase the country's competitiveness, and thereby supply the south of Mexico with agricultural products and manufactures."

In relation to the recovery of clients, the president of the Empornac, Bayron Monterrosa, explained that " ... 'We had lost 11 percent of the cargo that goes to El Salvador, which between exports and imports represents US $2 billion (Q14 thousand 800 million).'"

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