The new deep-water facility, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, will open in February 2019, propelling Costa Rica into a new role as a key global logistics hub for the region.
Costa Rica is currently the world’s largest exporter of pineapples, and the 3rd-largest exporter of bananas. Sugar and coffee, as well as clothing and electronics are also major export products. More than 60% of the terminal’s capacity will be devoted to refrigerated container handling which will significantly improve the supply chain for perishables.
Morten H. Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals, noted:
Costa Rica is preparing to inaugurate much more than a Container Terminal; the country is inaugurating a new era in its commercial relations with the world; and this will have a direct impact on the country's economy and an important advance in the global connectivity ranking.
The environmentally-friendly, electric-powered cranes are the first in Costa Rica with a 22-container row reach, facilitating direct calls of the larger class of container ships entering Latin American trade lanes. The STS cranes will be able to accommodate vessels of 8,500 TEU capacity, a first for Costa Rica.