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Bolivia Applies Strategies for Economic Losses in Chilean Ports

Thursday, 25 April 2019 | 16:00

Bolivia is diversifying its strategy Tuesday at points of entry and commercial exit to eliminate dependence on Chilean ports, given the delays in their operations that caused economic losses in the Arica installation in 2018.

David Sanchez, manager of Bolivian Port Services Administration (ASP-B), reported that the facility lost 91,660 tons of cargo, of that figure, in containers (18,886), bulk (12,917), and fractional cargo (59,857).

Sanchez also said that the Bolivian strategy aims to achieve a fair treatment for foreign trade with operations by Ilo (Peru), the Paraguay-Parana waterway, the latter composed of its own terminals such as the port Busch, Jennefer, Gravetal and Aguirre. He assured that in the past 15 years the South American country had a sustained economic growth, reflected in a greater movement of cargo through traditional ports, hence the need to create conditions to use alternative ports to increase competitiveness.

Other strategies were the signing of operating and business agreements with Uruguay and Paraguay to consolidate commercial transit through the waterway, essential for access to the Atlantic, and the reactivation of cooperation with Lima to make the port of Ilo a priority dock for the export and import of products.

The Bolivian government also held exchanges with Argentine port authorities on the Rosario port, granted to Bolivia in 1969, but since it is located in the middle of the city, its move to a place closer to the waterway is being assessed.
Source: Presna Latina

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