Peru laments cost of box handling
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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