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Lack of infrastructure and long ship waiting times continue to impact productivity for the African container sector but a wave of new investments look set to drive growth over the medium term, according to recently published data from research consultancy SeaIntel.

The dominant role that international shipping lines play in deciding the future of the Brazilian port sector has led to calls for the government  to tighten regulation and support domestic container vessels, delegates at the 3rd. Shippers' Forum, in Rio de Janeiro heard this week.

The Philippines’ Bureau of Customs (BOC) has vowed to end congestion at the Port of Manila with a renewed focus on economic stimulus and market driven support.

Haitian authorities have commissioned the country’s first Panamax port with the inauguration of Port Lafito, a 130,000 m2 container hub near the island’s capital of Port-au-Prince.

As Greece faces yet more eleventh hour negotiation over debt repayments and the potential that it may be forced to leave the European Union the effect on the country’s port sector looks set to be substantial.

A proposed $10 billion rail link connecting Brazil’s Atlantic seaboard with Peru may cut costs for shipments between Brazil and China as much as $30 a tonne and is expected to increase sea trade in both Latin American countries, according to Brazilian officials.

A recent report from the International Transport Forum (ITF) suggests that the new generation of mega-ships has had a serious impact on the rest of the transport chain and may add $400 million in annualised costs.

Ahead of this month’s PFI Mexico 2015 Forum, Javier Vergara of Pemex - Mexico’s national oil company - talked to PFI about some of the issues relating to the energy port sector in the country.

PFI talked to Octavio Doerr, Port Specialist in the  Infrastructure Service Unit of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean  (ECLAC).


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