At the end of 2018, Puerto Coronel reached a load mobilization of 7,786,000 tons, i.e. 11%more than the 6.97 million tons that were mobilized in 2017.
"The projection for this year is basically the 2% vegetative growth that the region has. However, it also includes the annualization of the effect of the ONE service that was integrated into the terminal in May 2018. This means we'll have that service three months more than last year, which is why we expect to move more than 8 million tons," said the general manager of Puerto Coronel, Javier Anwandter.
Despite the positive numbers for 2019, "we started with a low first quarter, but that has happened in general in the area and it is due to the tension that exists between the US and China, which somehow seems to be coming to an end. So we hope things will start to recover and, by the end of March, the growth projected for the area starts to be achieved," he added.
Even though one of the main activities that takes place in the Biobio region is related to the mobilization of forest cargo, there are also other sectors with great potential for development.
"The export of fruit in the area has grown a lot and we have to continue some projects in that area," Anwandter stressed.
"We have already expanded our plant from 500 to 700 rack sockets, plus those that can be had in generators. We are clearly going to continue to increase and we expect to have a thousand permanent plugs next year," said the executive.
The cargo from Argentina also poses an opportunity in this area. "Fortunately, last year there was an important growth, practically 80% of Neuquen's fruit load is exported through Puerto Coronel. So we had a relevant participation," he said.
"The growth that Neuquen has is very important, so I hope we keep the border open and that fruit exporters from Neuquen replicate the experience of those who left for Colonel so that there is an increase in the cargo transferred," he added.
The general manager of the terminal said that it was key for the "ports to be the differentiating element, and I think we that's where we have played an important role, giving all the facilities for the truck to arrive with the cargo and unloading it quickly, so that the trucks don't have to be waiting for hours and days to leave the cargo in the port."