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Colon and Balboa remain top ports in Latin America.

BY LBC STAFF

The Panamanian ports Colon and Balboa remained the top container ports in Latin America last year, according to data from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Santos in Brazil remained the third-largest, followed by Cartagena and Buenos Aires.

Container trade at Colon grew 20 percent to 3.4 million TEUs, while at Balboa trade increased 17.2 percent to 3.2 million TEUs.

Santos saw a 10 percent increase to 3 million TEUs. Cartagena’s trade grew 17.2 percent, while Buenos Aires registered a seven percent increase to 1.9 million TEUs.



Latin America's Top 50 Ports
Top ports ranked by TEU's in 2011. Percent change from 2010.


Rank

Ch.

Port, Country

'11 TEU

Ch.

1

--

Colon, Panama

3,371,714

20.0

%

2

--

Balboa, Panama

3,232,265

17.2

%

3

--

Santos, Brazil

2,985,922

10.0

%

4

+1

Cartagena, Colombia

1,853,342

17.2

%

5

-1

Buenos Aires, Arg.

1,851,687

7.0

%

6

--

Manzanillo, Mexico

1,762,508

16.6

%

7

--

Callao, Peru

1,616,165

20.1

%

8

--

Guayaquil, Ecuador

1,405,762

25.2

%

9

+1

Itajai, Brazil

983,985

2.8

%

10

+1

Valparaiso, Chile

973,012

10.7

%

11

+3

L. Cardenas, Mexico

953,497

19.8

%

12

+1

Limon-Moin, Costa Rica

901,330

5.0

%

13

+4

Montevideo, Uruguay

861,164

28.2

%

14

-2

San Antonio, Chile

853,806

-1.9

%

15

+3

Buenaventura, Colombia

748,305

12.9

%

16

--

Veracruz, Mexico

732,538

10.6

%

17

-2

P. Cabello, Venezuela

721,500

14.5

%

18

+2

Paranagua, Brazil

681,678

24.7

%

19

--

Rio Grande, Brazil

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