Peru laments cost of box handling

11 Aug 2017
Handling containers in Peru is overly expensive, according to the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL)

Handling containers in Peru is overly expensive, according to the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL)

Handling containers in Peru is overly expensive, according to the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL).

To pick up a 20-foot box from a port and take it to an external storage area costs around $1,300, compared with just $300 in other European or Latin American countries.

According to Alberto Ego-Aguirre, president of the CCL’s Commission for Maritime Ports and Customs Affairs: “This extra cost is an impediment to companies’ competitiveness and, as a consequence, to the development of foreign trade.”

In Peru’s leading port of Callao, which handles 80% of overseas trade, it can often take 9-12 hours to get hold of a road haulage vehicle. Mr Ego-Aguirre is therefore calling for the construction of truck-only lanes for those hauliers working in import-export container traffic.

He also wants changes to the cabotage law to allow non-Peruvian shipping lines to use spare capacity to move boxes between domestic ports, since only Peruvian-flagged vessels can currently do this.

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