EU Ambassadors Visit Peru’s Largest Terminal

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APM Terminals Callao hosted an EU delegation of ambassadors on May 18, 2018, to celebrate Peru’s annual trade with the EU exceeding US$ 10 billion.

The visit from the ambassadors, representing twelve EU member states, was led by Diego Mellado, EU ambassador in Peru.

The EU and Peru’s trade agreement celebrate its fifth anniversary this year, and the Lima Chamber of Commerce and Peru Eurocámaras signed an agreement to centralize EU efforts to promote economic development and investment.

Peru has seen strong growth in recent years, with the port of Callao seeing a consistent growth of around 10% annually since 1990, with the exception of 2009 and 2015.

APM Terminals Callao’s container volume grew almost 50% over the last two years, and currently handles 39.8% of the country’s total container traffic.

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The terminal also handles 74% of Peru’s non-containerized cargo (excluding minerals), including steel products, grains, RoRo cargo, cement and chemicals.

The EU delegation also visited the Peru Customs authority (SUNAT) headquarters, which is located inside the terminal.

APM Terminals Callao works closely with SUNAT to improve the speed of container removal authorizations, reduce unnecessary container moves, and eliminate the cost of electronic tally notes for customers.

APM terminals Callao recently completed a $460 million modernization and expansion project in 2016 — involving the purchase of new general cargo equipment to enhance best practices and boost efficiency.

In 2017 productivity increased by 100% (300 to 600 MT/hour) for solid bulk and 135% for break-bulk compared to 2011.

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