Peruvian ports in peril?
Are Peruvian ports likely to slip back to old inefficient ways?
Port Strategy has learned that there is discontent in Peru on the planned reconfiguration of the port authority services. According to an industry source, control of Peruvian ports is to be taken back by the Navy and Ministry of Transport (MTC).
It is claimed that the Navy has presented four different versions of proposals for new laws affecting ports which would, in effect, hand control of the ports back to the Navy and the MTC and ultimately take Peruvian ports back to “old and inefficient” ways.
“The Ministry is moving the most successful port case in Latin America back to the 1970s,” the source said to PS.
Reverting to Naval control of ports is the reverse of the global trend of privatisation of state-owned assets. With the recent arrival of private players, Peru was gearing up for a transformation in the fortunes of its ports.
In support of this, Peru’s Ministry of Transport published a new National Port Development Plan earlier in the year which aimed to modernise services and infrastructure and allow the country to better compete internationally.
Juan Carlos Leon Siles from the Peru Exporters’ Association told PS: “The new Port law was improving all the systems, procedures and cost. One of the concepts was supposed to have been to firm up the private approach towards commercial business - promoting efficiency and fast services at ports.
“We are calling on the authorities to stop this now - we need to support better conditions [for our ports] and not go back to bad experiences.”
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