The Port of San Antonio It reached an all-time high for freight transport in March: Total cargo transported reached 2,255,366 tons, an increase of 20% compared to 2020. But that wasn’t the only milestone it set last month.
according to General Manager of Puerto San AntonioAnd the Lewis KnackThat month, vehicles waiting for a traffic jam on the sidewalk also began to normalize. According to the Executive Authority, 34,315 vehicles were unloaded in March, a checkpoint that has not been crossed since November 2019. Inventory Of the importers, it generated a refusal to unload, due to the presence of many vehicles that arrived, between March and April, and more than 85 thousand vehicles arrived, which will be normalized already in the month of April, “he expected.
According to Kanak, the situation will be “completely resolved” in April after 15 working sessions at a table jointly set up with Chilean National Automobile Association. “Our initiative as the port of San Antonio was to create this workbench with the participation of the carriers, importers, the concessionaire and of course the port company,” Knack said in a statement. Conversation with Business Directory, from Radio Handbook.
According to Kanak, this is an effort from the logistics chain in general that includes importers to port workers, given the restrictions imposed by the epidemic, the maximum capacities must be met. What’s more, And he warned, “this is a replacement Inventory We are witnessing that throughout the first quarter of this year and it is happening worldwide. “
“In the US port of Los Angeles, ships take three times as much as they need in the normal period to be serviced, precisely because of the impact of regeneration. Inventory. The same thing happens in Europe. ”
Climate change impacts
Not only has the Port of San Antonio been affected by its operations pandemic. In 2020, San Antonio leads in closing operations due to bad weather, due to an increase in storms attributed to climate change. However, there were practically no closures this year due to higher waves.
Knack said they are working with the franchisees and the marine authority to set new standards and adapt the work to higher waves. “The maximum wave height was 1.5 meters last year – which has not changed since 2012-, [y como] As a result of coordinated work, we were able to increase this parameter to 1.8 meters, and we are currently preparing tests up to 2 meters. “
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Daniel Fernandez, President of Camport, emphasized that port utilization rates could be used for businesses facing increased storms.