Cartagena Port Group, the best connected in Latin America and the Caribbean
The city climbs positions and consolidates worldwide
https://caracol.com.co/ – Due to its competitive advantages and being a logistics platform that connects with more than 750 ports in 140 countries in all continents, the Port of Cartagena Group continues to obtain worldwide recognition.
This time, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), through the Liner Shipping Connectivity Index of the second quarter of 2020, highlights it as the ‘Best Connected Port in Latin American Maritime Trade’.
As stated in this report, the Port of Cartagena obtained a connectivity index of 42.16; followed by the Port of Callao (Peru), with a 39.94; the Port of Guayaquil (Ecuador), with an index of 39.28; and the International Terminal of Manzanillo (Panama), with 38.49. Other terminals exceeded were Kingston (Jamaica), Veracruz (Mexico) and Balboa (Panama).
This index is measured based on six variables: number of companies doing foreign trade, number of services arriving at ports, direct connections without trans-shipment, number of landings per month, size of ships and capacity of ships in number of containers.
‘Since 2017, the Port of Cartagena is the port with the greatest connectivity in the Caribbean and Latin America. This is of utmost importance because more than ever ports will have to guarantee the recovery of global supply chains after the COVID-19 and the connectivity offered by ports will be a key factor (…) It is then how, through the development of countless advantages, the ports have created the scenarios so that the loads of exporters can arrive in a competitive way to the whole world and how our importers can create advantages through cheaper freight that are derived from this connectivity, ‘said Alfonso Salas, manager of the Port of Cartagena Group.
The Port of Cartagena today is one of the most productive in the world, having an average stay in port of 0.53 days compared to the world average, which is 0.63 days.
One Hundred Ports 2020
To the previous recognition is added the One Hundred Ports 2020 ranking, prepared by Lloyd’s List, which establishes which are the largest container ports in the world. In this, the Port of Cartagena Group occupied the 60th place, rising five positions in the ranking compared to 2019 and with a percentage change of 8.9%.
On the other hand, it should be noted that according to the Statistical Bulletin of Port Traffic in Colombia of the first half of 2020, prepared by the Superintendence of Transport, the Port Zone of Cartagena reported growth in its cargo volume, And despite the global contraction of cargo in this pandemic season, it remains a leader in ship arrivals and container movement in the country.
In the performance of the Port Zone of Cartagena, the results of the two terminals of the Port Group of Cartagena (GPC) stand out: Regional Port Society of Cartagena (SPRC) and Contecar (CTC).
The first of these terminals mobilized in the semester 3’648.202 tons, with an increase of 28.7% compared to the same semester last year. For its part, Contecar mobilized 9,976,042 tons, with a variation of 10.8%. At both terminals most of the load is containerized, followed by the general load.
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