Colombia Shipping Report Q4 2013 - New Report Available

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Mon Oct 07 2013

BMI forecasts a mixed performance at the three primary ports of Colombia in 2013, following the three facilities' throughput results for the first months of the year. Although Buenaventura is set to enjoy strong growth in box throughput following the first half of the year results, Cartagena is set for a decline given the throughput levels recorded over the January to April period. Nevertheless, we are confident with regards to growth across the port sector over the medium term, as Colombia is set to be one of the countries with the strongest growth in the region, averaging real GDP growth of 4.5% to 2017, according to BMI forecasts.

Throughput volumes will be supported not only by the growing dry bulk export story, in particular coal, but also by container volumes which will rise on the back of strong private consumption growth, forecast at 4.5% this year.

Headline Industry Data

* The Port of Cartagena will see total tonnage volume increase by 30.0% to 16.90mn tonnes in 2013.
* Container traffic at Cartagena will fall by 3.0% to 1.96mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
* Volume at the Pacific port of Buenaventura will rise by 2.1% to 9.90mn tonnes, while container traffic will rise 12.2% to reach 558,591 TEUs.

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Key Industry Trends

DP World Expands In Colombia: DP World in July acquired a 19% stake in Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura (SPRBUN), the company that operates the largest Pacific Coast container terminal in Colombia. BMI forecasts growth in container throughput of 12.2% at Buenaventura in 2013, following the 11.6% expansion in box handling enjoyed at the facility in 2012.

Ports Prepare To Meet Demand From FTAs: Significant investment in Barranquilla Port is in response to greater demand from expanding trade. Since Colombia has recently signed a growing number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), increased pressure on ports infrastructure was to be expected. This investment will contribute to bridging Colombia's transport infrastructure gap, making the country's exports more competitive.

Prodeco Opens Puerto Nuevo Coal Port: Swiss firm Glencore International's Colombian coal unit Prodeco opened its new US$550mn Puerto Nuevo Coal Port in the Colombian province of Magdalena in June. The port has been designed to meet the more stringent environmental regulations. It will load coal

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