Honduras: Chiquita to Stop Exporting from Puerto Cortés


Chiquita Brands closes shipping operations in Puerto Cortés and moves to Guatemala.

According to the information released, the company announced that it would work at the port until June 30. Then its export operations will move to Puerto Barrios, in Izabal, in the neighboring country.

The reason is not derived from the pandemic, since, before the virus entered, Chiquita had already started moving its shipments of Honduran bananas. The company did it through the Corinthian border, Cortés.

Unfortunately, the people who worked for Chiquita in Honduras will be left without a job. It was informed that the dismissal process began in February. There are 20 workers.

Chiquita supposedly received the concession from the Government of Guatemala to operate its dock to export, which will be "cheaper" for the company.

It is worth mentioning that, after the closure, only the administrative offices of the transnational will remain in La Lima and San Pedro Sula because everything else will move to the port of the Atlantic in Guatemala.

Chiquita had rented the property at the Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (OPC) concessionaire. It was used for the collection of export and import containers to be handled by their ships that arrived there three times a week.

Experts in the management of ports have said that, in the end, the closure of the operations of the banana exporter through Puerto Cortés will have a tremendous impact since it brought several cargoes by ship. The Operations, apart from its banana exports, have been continuously decreasing to a minimum.

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