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UN-ECLAC publishes its 2017 Latin America/Caribbean container port rankings

Throughput of containerised cargo in the ports of Latin America and the Caribbean rose around 6.1% in 2017, according to data released today by UN-ECLAC in its latest Maritime and Logistics Profile

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Santiago de Chile: "This average figure points to a rebound versus the last three years, when low or negative growth rates in container throughput were recorded at a regional level," says UN-ECLAC.


"The data confirm the improvement in Latin America and the Caribbean’s foreign trade in 2017 as well as the heterogeneity of growth rates in activity among the region’s ports."


The countries whose container port terminals contributed the most to the change in cargo volume versus the previous year are (from greatest to smallest, according to their relative change): the Dominican Republic (24.0%), Colombia (13.3%), Mexico (12.2%), Panama (10.1%) and Brazil (5.0%). They are followed by, with a smaller contribution to the rise in regional volume but notable relative changes in terms of individual performance: Honduras (9.8%), Peru (9.4%), Argentina (6.7%), Uruguay (5.8%), Chile (5.7%) and Ecuador (4.7%). Finally, those countries that also had a significant performance on an individual level, but marginal participation in the regional volume variation, are: Suriname (13.9%), Grenada (11.6%) and Nicaragua (9.5%).

Source: CEPAL Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (UN-ECLAC)
Source: CEPAL Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (UN-ECLAC)

The total volume of activity in 2017 reached around 50.6M TEU. The first 40 ports in the ranking represent a little more than 87% (or 44M TEU). The 100 ports that follow move the remaining 13% (6.6M TEU.


The top 10 ports accounted for 48.2% of containerised cargo in 2017, up from 47.4% in 2016.

The top 10 were in 2017


Colón, Panamá - 3.891M TEU

Santos, Brazil - 3.578M TEU

Balboa, Panama - 2.987M TEU

Manzanillo, México - 2.830m TEU

Cartagena, Colombia - 2.678M TEU

Callao, Peru - 2.250m TEU

Guayaquil, Ecuador - 1.872M TEU

Kingston, Jamaica - 1.560M TEU

Buenos Aires, Argentina - 1.469M TEU

San Antonio, Chile - 1.297M TEU


So, as against the 2016 results, Santos and Colón swapped places at the top. The other eight rankings were unchanged.

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