Container movement grows by 4%

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Panamanian container ports handled 2,277,485 TEUs in the first four months of 2015.

During the first four months of the year, the movement of containers in the national port system increased 4%, when compared to the same period of 2014.

According to the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), from January to April 2015 the Panamanian container ports handled 2,277,485 TEUs, an increase of 87.729 containers compared to the same period last year, when the figure of 2,277,485 container TEUs was achieved.

Despite this growth, Juan Carlos Croston, president of the Maritime Chamber of Panama, said that the increase is not significant when compared between the years 2010-2012, when the movement of containers is set to 14%.

“We must be cautious, since the results obtained in the first months of each year are not indicative of the final outcome, which may vary or increase negative to positive”, said Croston.

Currently most of the containers passing through our ports and traffic are mostly loaded ‘flat’.

MOVEMENT IN PORTS

In the first four months of 2015, the company Panama Port Company (PPC) continued to lead this economic activity, with a mastery of the port market 57.2%.

PPC has the Balboa port on the Pacific and Atlantic port Christopher. From January to April 2015, in Balboa 1.04139 million containers were mobilized, which meant a 4.8% expansion in economic activity, and Christopher 261.180 containers, which translates into growth of 1.8%.

Another port is an important economic activity Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT). In the first quarter, MIT moved 665.287 TEUs containers, achieved a growth of 4.6% and 29.2% of the market was moving containers.

In the analyzed period, Colon Container Terminal mobilized 225.254 containers, increased its activity in 20.9% and captured 9.9% of the port market. For its part, Panama International Terminal, the youngest of the ports, containers moved 77.384, its activity decreased by 8.3% and dominated the 3.4% market share.

Fuente:  La Estrella de Panamá

Ernesto Chong de León, Ernesto Emilio Chong Coronado