South American Ports

South American Ports

The Port of Altamira is located on Mexico’s Gulf coast, just north of the port city of Tampico at the southeastern tip of Tamaulipas state. For many shippers, Altamira offers convenient land and rail connections that link it directly to the northern and central parts of the country, including such important cities such as Monterrey, Saltillo, Reynosa, Guadalajara, and Mexico City, located about 310 miles southwest of Altamira. Overall, about half of Altamira’s cargo either originates in -- or is destined for -- the northern states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, and Coahuila. About 28 percent of its cargo either comes from -- or is destined for -- the central Mexican states of San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Guanajuato, and Querétaro.

The Port of Altamira, which serves shippers in a broad range of industries, also offers maritime connections to some 125 ports around the world through various shipping lines that handle general and containerized cargo. Its railroad connections are with Ferromex (the largest railroad in Mexico), Ferrosur (which largely serves southeastern Mexico) and Kansas City Southern, whose extensive rail network includes destinations in both the United States and Mexico.

Commentary

2013 will be a continued year of change.

News & Analysis

15 Aug 2017
Brazilian chicken exporters are cheering.
11 Aug 2017
The new depth is still shy of the original draft.
04 Aug 2017
The situation is so acute at Santos that it has grabbed the attention of the highest levels of the federal government in the capital of Brasilia.
02 Aug 2017
Shipping lines and shippers are apoplectic.
21 Jul 2017
The key Brazilian port of Santos’ efforts to bounce back from draft restrictions were set back this week.
21 Jul 2017
The market share gains came even as Brazilian coffee exports fell.
17 Jul 2017
In its tight competition with Paranagua for the title of chicken export capital of the world, Itajai will need to be able to handle larger tonnage if it is to succeed.
12 Jul 2017
Neither Codesp, nor CPSP could say when the full draft would be restored.
07 Jul 2017
An Asia-ECSA service is a prime example of why ports around the world are racing to upgrade their infrastructure to keep up with growing ship sizes.
05 Jul 2017
The draft restrictions are particularly problematic for Santos because of the seemingly ceaseless upsizing of tonnage taking place on the east coast of South America.
03 Jul 2017
Carriers can lose up to 16 hours as vessels wait to be refueled.
28 Jun 2017
The long-neglected south Brazilian port of Imbituba has secured its first deep-sea contract in more than two years.
26 Jun 2017
The Cape Sounio is the largest vessel in the Israeli ocean carrier’s fleet.
23 Jun 2017
Portonave is the second-largest container terminal in Brazil.
15 Jun 2017
Strong fruit exports, especially melons, are driving growth at the northeast Brazilian port of Pecem this year.
09 Jun 2017
The closure caused heavy losses for shippers, carriers, and terminal operators.
08 Jun 2017
While port operations are largely normal, cross-border trucking is still heavily impacted.
02 Jun 2017
Shippers could face losses that run into tens of millions of dollars.
31 May 2017
DP World will soon take control of the 1.3-million-TEU capacity Embraport terminal.
21 May 2017
Labor actions have already caused delays at Santo marine terminals by putting thousands of containers in limbo because they can't be cleared.
17 May 2017
Although vessels of more than 9,000 TEU have called at Santos, they have not been as long as the Hyundai Loyalty.
16 May 2017
Shippers in Brazil are facing cargo delays at all the main ports Tuesday and Wednesday.
28 Apr 2017
The strike hit Santos with “paralysis and dislocations.”
27 Apr 2017
“Every port will be on strike.”
19 Apr 2017
Brazilian President Michel Temer is following through on a promise to privatize Brazilian port authorities.
13 Apr 2017
The northeast Brazilian port of Suape is seeking developers of what could become the country’s most valued container terminal.
07 Apr 2017
In April 2015 the government said it will increase capacity and improve infrastructure and operations at the country’s ports.
04 Apr 2017
The parking lot should be up and running by some time in 2019.
30 Mar 2017
Hong Kong, China, Egypt, and Chile have modified their all-out ban of Brazilian beef exports to focus only on rejecting shipments from 21 packing plants.
28 Mar 2017
New equipment at Tecon Rio Grande worth $40 million should help the south Brazilian port handle growing volume.
23 Mar 2017
Brazilian meat shippers have suffered another blow.
15 Mar 2017
The gains came despite draft restrictions and strikes by customs officers and stevedores.
10 Mar 2017
Global marine terminal operator DP World is set to deepen its involvement in Brazil’s port sector.
17 Feb 2017
Two new services are giving fresh life to Libra Terminais.
Mexican port growth outpaces US, Canada
15 Feb 2017
Mexican ports handled more than 4 million loaded TEUs in 2016.