Contecon, the concessionaire of Guayaquil's Maritime Port, has decided to double the free storage period at the terminal for Ecuadorian exporters from 5 to 10 days to face the negative impact and the effects that the measures implemented in Ecuador to stop the expansion of COVID-19 are already having on the production and export sector.
According to the concessionaire, the extension of the free storage period will give exporters a competitive advantage, as it will allow them to be flexible when planning their production processes and transport of goods.
The measure will be in force from March 19 to May 16, 2020, as detailed in the statement signed by Jose Antonio Contreras, the general manager of Contecon Guayaquil.
The exporting sector has denounced problems in the movement of vehicles and personnel with safe-conducts in Guayaquil due to the health emergency, as well as issues with the provision of cargo containers to transport sea exports.
Richard Salazar, executive director of the Banana Export and Marketing Association (Acorbanec), confirmed that certain container yards had closed their doors on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, preventing cargo teams from reaching the plantations to ship the fruit abroad.
The container yards went back to work on Thursday morning. "We were unable to take the containers to the farms and ship the banana, so we might not comply with delivery schedules. Drivers had been told they would be arrested, so the yards chose not to work on Wednesday, which complicated everything for us,” Salazar said.