Seaport Statistics

Container Movement Statistics

The period 2014-2015 registered a minimum reduction in the total number of containers handled by the main seaports in Panama. The CEPAL’s ranking (with data up to 2015) has the Colon port cluster –MIT, CCT and Cristobal—in the second position of the list, while Balboa held the third spot, as leading seaports in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The preliminary data obtained from the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) shows that volumes for 2015 are very close to 2014 levels, with a total movement of 6.7 million TEUs (does not include Almirante). 

Total Yearly Container Movement (TEU)
Source: Georgia Tech Panama Logistic Innovation and Research Center based on information from the Panama Maritime Authority

Balboa is the leading seaport of the port complex with 3.08 million TEUs (44.8%) handled during 2015, followed by MIT with 1.97 million TEUs (28.7%) and Cristobal with 812,783 TEUs (11.8%).

The ports showed different growing rates comparing their annual throughput from 2014 to 2015.  Balboa had a reduction of 4.9% between both years, while MIT showed a 4.7% decrease in their TEUs movements.  CCT presented an increase of 57.1%, as well as Cristobal with an increase of 14% in their TEUs movements. PSA decreased 6.9% their TEUs movements, while the average growth rate of the port cluster was 1.7%

Yearly Container Movement by Port (TEU)
Source: Georgia Tech Panama Logistic Innovation and Research Center based on information from the Panama Maritime Authority

Monthly Container Movement by Port (TEU)
Source: Georgia Tech Panama Logistic Innovation and Research Center based on information from the Panama Maritime Authority