The ports of the Valparaiso Region fell to third place nationally in terms of total exports during the first quarter, according to data from the Foreign Trade Compendium of the National Customs Service.

The port region of Buenos Aires, which has the port hubs of Quintero-Ventanas, Valparaíso and San Antonio, lagged behind the terminals of the Tarapacá Region and Bio Bio, which ranked first and second for the period.

The above-mentioned statistics show that the Valparaiso Region mobilized 2,832,569 tons of export products to which we must discount the 154,307 tons that left through the Cristo Redentor Pass. Thus, 2,678,262 tons were dispatched abroad through the seaports of Valparaíso, San Antonio, Ventanas and Quintero, equivalent to 15.9% of the national total.

Meanwhile, the Tarapacá Region mobilized export cargo for a total of 3,185,521 tons; however, to these must be subtracted the 18,897 tons that left through the Colchane Pass and Diego Aracena airport, adding -thus- between the ports of Patillos, Patache and Iquique 3,166,623 tons, representing 18.8% of the national total.

Meanwhile, in the Bio Bio Region, during the first three months of 2020, the movement of export cargo totaled 3,091,244 tons which, discounting 1 ton that in the Customs Registry is assigned to the Carriel Sur airport, meant that the ports located in Coronel, Lirquén, San Vicente, Talcahuano and Penco moved 3,091,243 tons, which in national terms represented 18.4%.

Rises and falls

According to the statistics compiled by the National Customs Service, if the same period of 2019 is compared, the Tarapacá Region obtained a positive balance of 5.3% driven by the results of the ports of Patache and Iquique which obtained an improvement of 15.9% and 20.3% in their export cargo movement respectively.

In the case of the Valparaiso Region, in the comparison made, the balance was -8.3% which is explained by the -38.8% of cargo moved in the area of Ventanas and -2.6% of the area of San Antonio, which cannot be compensated in terms of tons exported by the increase recorded by the area of Valparaiso with 2.6% and the area of Quinteros with 47.3%.

Similar was what happened in the Bio Bio Region which, in the 2019-2020 variation, registered a drop in export cargo mobilized of -11.2%, which is explained by the lower record in Lirquén, San Vicente and Penco with -24.0%, -37.9% and -26.6% that could not be compensated with the higher movement evidenced in the ports and terminals of the communes of Coronel and Talcahuano which registered 9.3% and 103.9% respectively.