According to a report issued by the Association of Exporters (Adex) of Peru about the current states of operations of Latin American ports, in general, the ports are working normally but under certain restrictions.
North and Central America
According to the report, the ports in Mexico continue their activities regularly.
In Panama, cargo mobilization continues in the five most important ports in the country. However, there has been a decrease in cargo in some terminals due to the decrease in trade with Asia. Moreover, the Panama Canal has some limitations in its operations due to the absence of rain.
In Costa Rica, the weekly services of the Moin Container Terminal (TCM) continue to operate regularly; while in Guatemala the ports operate with special hours due to the curfew that starts at 4:00 p.m.
In the Dominican Republic, port operations continue regularly. All personnel involved in the logistics chain can move from the port, temporary customs, or fiscal warehouse to their final destination at the importer's facilities. Port operations in Honduras also continue regularly.
In Argentina, foreign trade was declared an essential activity for the economy. It should be noted that there have been delays in customs and other agencies' procedures, and some ports are operating with time restrictions.
In Bolivia, the main borders for the entry of Peruvian products, Desaguadero and Iquique, operate normally from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cargo trucks can transit without a problem at the established times.
In Brazil, foreign trade operations of goods in ports operate regularly and all cargo handling activities continue. Likewise, imports made by certified importers in the Authorized Economic Operator (OAS) modality have been prioritized.
Colombia decreed that all foreign trade activities can be carried out through ports, airports, and border crossings. To date, normality has been reported in all processes related to cargo handling.
In Chile, ports operate regularly, but the night shift is not operational, which has generated delays. In addition, this situation has generated additional security charges.
Finally, in Ecuador, all institutions linked to foreign trade are operating normally in ports, customs, surveillance services, and logistics operators. However, many importers are not nationalizing their containers, which is causing problems for shipping companies that do not receive the corresponding payments for their services. As a result, the shipping lines are restricting the release of the containers based on the timely payments of importers. This is beginning to affect the normal flow of import operations.