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Colombia Shipping Report

Published 19 November 2014

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Colombia Shipping Report

BMI forecasts growth across the board at Colombian ports in 2015. Shipping sector growth over the medium term will be supported by growth in private consumption on the back of rising wages and the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, which would see more, and larger, vessels calling at the country's ports. This possibility has piqued the interest of international container terminal operators, such as International Container Terminal Services Inc. Throughput volumes will also be supported by the growing dry bulk export story, in particular coal. We expect that Colombia will export increasing volumes of coal to China through its Pacific ports and investment being pumped into infrastructure will enable this.

Headline Industry Data

  • The port of Cartagena will see total tonnage volume increase by 4.5% to 21.63mn tonnes in 2015, and will average growth of 5.3% to 2019.

  • Container traffic at Cartagena will grow by 10.1% to 2.27mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2015. Growth to 2019 will average 10.2%.

  • Volume at the Pacific port of Buenaventura will rise by 3.3% to 9.72mn tonnes in 2015, while container traffic will rise by 4.8%, to reach 526,999TEUs.

Key Industry Trends

Government Plans To Boost Annual Port Capacity By 50mn Tonnes:  The Colombian government is considering requests for the development of 25 new ports in the country in order to boost annual port capacity by 50mn tonnes, according to the transport minister, Natalia Abello Vives. The move is part of the government's initiative to develop the nation into 'a great container hub of the Americas', according to Vives.

Tampa Port Authority Signs MoU With Cartagena Port:  The Tampa Port Authority in the US and the Colombian port of Cartagena have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost ties. The move makes the port the newest sister port of the authority and comes after the Tampa Bay port entered a similar MoU agreement with the Colombian port of Barranquilla in April.


Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Port Of Cartagena Throughput
Port Of Buenaventura Throughput
Table: Major Port Data, 2011-2018
Table: Trade Overview, 2011-2018
Table: Key Trade Indicators, 2011-2018
Table: Main Import Partners, 2004-2012
Table: Main Export Destinations, 2004-2012
Market Overview
Colombia Container Shipping Market Overview
Industry Trends And Developments
Shipping - Global Industry View
Container Demand:
Container Supply:
Container Rates:
Global Company Strategy
Maersk Line
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Evergreen Line
COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Table: Colombia - GDP By Expenditure, Real Growth %
Demographic Forecast
Table: Colombia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
Table: Colombia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
Table: Colombia's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
Table: Colombia's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020

The Colombia Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Colombia.

BMI's Colombia Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Colombia.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent shipping industry forecasts for Colombia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Colombian shipping market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Colombia through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
  • Exploit the latest competitive intelligence and company SWOTS on your competitors and peers including multinational and national companies.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering shipping, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the state's shipping sector, which carefully evaluates the short- and medium-term issues facing the industry.

Market Overview

Analysis of the capacity, terminals and planned development of the major ports in each country, including data on throughput and total tonnage.

Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Major port freight throughput (tonnes/teu); overall freight throughput (teu); total imports (US$bn) and exports (US$bn).

Company Profiles

Company profiles include business activities, leading products and services, company strategy, trends and developments and economic performance analysis.

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'An essential, multi-faceted research tool. BMI’s thorough understanding of the major market players enables an informed – and informative – review of the sector’s actual performance, together with useful insights into current industry issues, which are topped-off with detailed and invaluable forecasts of industry and macroeconomic trends.’

Senior Research Analyst, ABC International Bank plc