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Honduras: Puerto Cortés Exports Grew 3.3% in First Quarter

5.4.2019

Exports through Puerto Cortés in Honduras grew 3.3% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to that period 2018, an expected trend for the rest of 2019, especially in manufacturing and melon exports, the management of the Central American Port Operator (OPC), concessionaire of that terminal, announced.

Melon shipments started last December and will end in May, and they had a good performance, therefore, it is expected to end with an increase of 10% in relation to the 2018 season.  The behaviour is also positive in banana volumes, among other products.  The general director of OPC, Mariano Turnes, stressed that the investments in infrastructure and technology are bearing fruit, and that the terminal has the best conditions for moving all types of cargo, including perishable products. 

"In Puerto Cortés we have the largest infrastructure of reefer plugs in the region, we can simultaneously connect up to 1,800 refrigerated containers, all with backup diesel power plants in case of a power cut ", Said Turnes.  "This allows maintaining the cold chain of the units and therefore the quality of the product exported through the terminal," added the CEO of OPC. During 2018, a total of 38,603 refrigerated containers were exported through the terminal.

 Mariano Turnes also explained that the implementation of the cut off of cargo for export has optimized ship operations, container segregation and productivity. Puerto Cortés has acquired greater agility by segregating the sensitive load in special areas and loading in the yard strategically to facilitate the execution of operations.

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