On June 30, Chiquita Brands, the transnational banana company, will end its shipping operations in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, to move its activity to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.
The cessation of its operations includes banana exports, which were already at 25 percent of their production in this northern area of the country, as well as the import of general cargo or raw materials for various national companies and even motor vehicles purchased by individuals in the United States.
After the closure, only the administrative offices of this transnational will remain in La Lima and San Pedro Sula because, apparently, everything will be moved to the port of the Guatemalan Atlantic.
It's worth noting that this transnational company had rented a property in the Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (OPC) concessionaire. It was used to collect export and import containers to be handled by their ships, which came three times a week.
The end of operations also means that the company will liquidate a half dozen local contractors that provided refrigeration, electricity, container maintenance, and mechanical services in Puerto Cortes. In total, this staff amounts to nearly 200 people.