Latin America box traffic reverses declines

11 Aug 2017

Recently released figures from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) show that regional ports boosted container traffic by 6.7% in the first quarter of 2017.

This reverses the slowdown in activity reported in 2016, with strong container throughput growth in eight countries. These were Nicaragua (22.1%), Panama (12.6%), Mexico (10.0%), Chile (10.0%), Peru (8.2%), Dominican Republic (38.8%), Guatemala (6.9%) and Honduras (7.7%).

Uruguay (2.7%), Brazil (1.4%), Costa Rica (1.2%) and El Salvador (1%) posted lesser growth.

Three countries saw negative growth: Colombia (-4.7%), Argentina (9.1%) and Ecuador (-6.1%).

The ports where traffic increased the fastest were: Caucedo (54%), Haina (18%), Suape (31%), Puertos Barrios (29.5%), Colón (26.4%), Valparaíso (21.9%), Paita (18.2%), Callao (7.3%), Veracruz (13.5%), Manzanillo (10.3%) and Altamira (9.9).

Those with the largest decreases were Guayaquil (-6.1%), Buenos Aires (-9.1%), Paranaguá (-7.3%) and Buenaventura (-1.5%), respectively in Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

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