TOP 5 of The Busiest Ports in South America for Imports and Exports

South America is a region that is rapidly growing in terms of its economy. The evolution of technology, infrastructure coupled with globalisation has made worldwide trade more rampant than the past century. In fact, according to, the previous century did not see so much of trade volume as compared to today. The trade volume in today’s day and age can be seen at about 50 percent, this is when it is  compared to the entire global GDP for imports as well as exports.  Therefore, it can be clearly said that trade in this period of time is far more significant than those of  the previous decades and centuries. The countries in the region are also increasing its imports and exports all around the world. As such, in this article, Kargo would be covering the Top 5 of the busiest ports in the South American continent.  To see other Top 5 ports in Asia, Europe, United States and Canada as well as Africa, click here.

Number Five: Cartegena, Columbia

Cartegana Port is located in Columbia. As of 2016, it has shipped more than 2.3 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Containers. As such, making it one of the busiest ports of Latin America. Per day, there are about a hundred vessels that come and leave the port. Vessel types include Passenger, Tanker, Tug, Fishing as well as Cargo shipments.

Number Four: Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo Port is located in the state of Colima in Mexico. The Manzanillo port is  currently the most important port in Mexico, as well as an important tourism spot for the state of Colima. On average, the port handles about 2.5 million ports each year, making it very important for Brazil’s economy. Its ports handle the exports of fish, corn, lemons and bananas among others. Furthermore, the navy is also based in the port city.

Number Three: Balboa, Panama

Balboa, is located alongside the Panama canal. The third biggest port of Latin America for import and exports, it handles close to three million containers each year. Balboa has a multi modal shipping service, where it is connected by the Panama railway.

Number Two: Colon, Panama

The number two busiest port in this list is also another Panama port, but in Colon. Colon is located near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama canal. Each year, the Port of Colon handles around 3 million containers for shipments. The Port of Colon is also a duty free port, and the city is known to be the biggest in Panama.

Number One: Santos, Brazil

The Port of Santos is located in the city of Santos in Brazil. Since 2006, it has remained as the busiest container port in the whole of South America for imports as well as exports. In terms of the world rankings, the port is ranked number 39 in the world. Each year, this port handles more than 3.2 million containers for shipments, and its port is considered to be the most modern port in Brazil

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