Panama's Colon port busiest facility in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA's Colon port complex handled 4
PANAMA's Colon port complex handled 4.32 million TEU last year, 11 per cent more than in 2017, making it the busiest container facility in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Brazil's Santos follows with 3.84 million TEU, up 7.2 per cent on the previous year while Mexico's Manzanillo is in third place with 3.08 million TEU, up 8.8 per cent, the United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) annual report on port activity in the region showed.
In fourth and fifth positions come Cartagena, Colombia with 2.86 million TEU up 6.9 per cent and Panama's Pacific complex with 2.52 million TEU - the only port complex registering a decrease of 15.6 per cent.
Panama's Colon port complex includes the terminals of Manzanillo International Terminal-Panama (MIT), Colon Container Terminal (CCT) and Cristobal. The Pacific port complex in Panama is composed of Balboa and PSA-Panama, reports UK's Seatrade Maritime News.
However, when listing the major ports in terms of transshipment in Latin America and the Caribbean, the ranking is slightly different.
The five largest ports in transshipment are Panama's Colon port complex with 3.73 million TEU, Panama's Pacific complex, 2.24 million TEU, followed by Cartagena in Colombia, 2.15 million TEU, Kingston in Jamaica, 1.48 million TEU and Santos, in Brazil with 1.07 million TEU.
Brazil registered the largest cargo volume by country with 10.04 million TEU, Mexico, 6.98 million TEU, Panama, 6.87 million TEU, Colombia, 4.58 million TEU and Chile, 4.27 million TEU.