ACCORDING TO THE ECLAC, THE PANAMANIAN PORTS HAVE THE LEADERSHIP IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN.
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean publish its yearly rating on the ports of the region. In this report, the Panamanian ports have the top two places among the 20 best ports.
This report reveals that Port Balboa, on Panama’s Pacific coast is on the top with a cargo movement of 3 468 283 TEUs. The ports on Panama’s Atlantic Coast (Colon) take the second place with cargo movement of 3 286 736 TEUs.
Yearly, the ECLAC elaborates a report that shows in details the movement of containers in 120 ports in the region. The collected information for the elaboration of this report comes directly from the port authorities and the port terminal operators.
Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, considers that these numbers are a sample that illustrates a fully developing country, firmly committed to the maritime activities. The geographical position of our country, the expansion of the Panama Canal and a human resource committed to strengthen the logistics industry are the main pillars that support these activities.
Furthermore, Mr. Barakat Pitty underlined the role played by the port terminal operators. Their investments and their confidence in the Panamanian economy have boosted new investments and the use of new port technologies, so that the country can be at the forefront of the port services. Besides that, one should remember that the Panamanian Registry of Ships is the leader worldwide.
According to the report of the ECLAC, the port of Santos (Brazil) occupies the third place with 3 040 231 TEUs, the port of Manzanillo (Mexico), the fourth place, with 2 368 741 TEUs, and finally, the port of Cartagena (Colombia) comes in the fifth position with 2 368 741 TEUs.