As part of our commitment to provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant information on the logistics industry, we share our Market Update on the Latin American market.

You will find information and interesting data on the update of the state of the ports, the most important transport routes and relevant news.

We hope you'll find the following information helpful, as well as inspiring to boost your business and keep your cargo moving.

Topic of the Month: Supply Chain visibility

On these days marked by an interconnected world and many global challenges, the concept of supply chain visibility has emerged as a foundation for business strategy and resilience. There are many stakeholders that interact in each supply chain and having transparency and control is a game changer to have your cargo in the right place at the right time. On this topic of the month, we will see how visibility has become essential and what benefits it can bring to your business.

Visibility in logistics is the ability to track your cargo at each stage of your supply chain, giving all the stakeholders information to make better decisions and become more agile and resilient.

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The importance of having supply chain visibility

Nowadays, having visibility on your supply chain is having the whole picture of your cargo, and it is available for all your stakeholders to get the whole picture. One of the significant drivers of resiliency is visibility. You can identify your root cause and make better and more informed decisions. It enables you to foresee any upcoming disruption and be prepared with different scenarios to minimize any impact on you and your partners.

Visibility is crucial so you can prepare for peak season, for any decrease of availability in raw materials, weather conditions, geopolitical situations, or any low inventory, so you can plan and be ready before any of these situations occur and proactively take action.

You can learn more about how increasing supply chain visibility can help you reduce logistics complexities and costs with this case study.

The benefits of embracing supply chain visibility

We will describe some benefits of embracing supply chain visibility. The ability to track and manage each stage of the supply chain has become an invaluable asset in today's businesses we will explore how supply chain visibility not only improves operational efficiency but also empowers informed decision-, along with strengthening companies' resilience in an increasingly complex world of logistics.

  • Strategic Planning
  • It improves your strategic planning by mapping the different scenarios and being crystal clear with your partners so you can all support each other for any upcoming bottleneck or disruption.

  • Boost Partnership
  • All your stakeholders are in the same game, having the same visibility. They help you with important information at the right time to help the rest of the supply chain partners make better and more informed decisions when needed.

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Being able to communicate to your customers the upcoming scenarios proactively can also help them make their business decisions.

    It is important to mention that it also improves customer satisfaction by meeting the shifting customer demands and identifying trends to be with your cargo on time and in place.

  • Enhance Efficiency
  • Having the right visibility will decrease the manual processes and give you and your coworkers and partners to focus on planning and being more strategic.

  • Meet your sustainability strategy

Having the proper visibility helps you meet and measure your efforts toward sustainability and helps your stakeholders and customers meet theirs. Maersk provides end-to-end carbon footprint visibility. To read more, click here.

The impact of lack of supply chain visibility

Just as having the proper visibility can help you enhance your ease, lacking form visibility can severely impact your supply chain, mainly in the ever-changing world of logistics.

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Without a clear view, it is complicated for you and your stakeholders to make unplanned last-minute changes, and in the end, the domino effect impacts your customers' satisfaction.

It also affects your budget since making last-minute changes is expensive and will not ensure the cargo is on time, and from a competitive perspective, you are giving more chances to your competitors.

Not having supply chain visibility can end up hurting your business with poor relationships with your stakeholders and customers, increasing your emissions, and not achieving your sustainability goals or your partners. It will be more complicated to mitigate disruptions, and this can also cause an increase in your risks. Having inaccurate data will lead to inefficient operations.

The right partner

The importance of partnering up with a company that can provide the uniqueness that your business requires, giving you an end-to-end visibility and offering you different ways of moving your cargo, can be a differentiator when you need to take agile decisions.

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When choosing the right supply chain visibility partner, you should keep in mind:

  • Choose a partner that brings you end-to-end visibility and helps you solve your problems by integrating your logistics chain.
  • Select a partner with a global perspective and international reach with different modalities to move your cargo. If one of them gets disrupted, you have other ways to get your cargo where it needs to be.
  • Pick a partner willing to help you achieve your sustainability goals by giving you visibility on the emissions of your cargo.

Listen to our podcast and understand the benefit of having complete visibility on your supply chain. Click here.

Ocean updates

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Trade lane Comments Demand Trend
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West Coast South America Exports
We are excited to announce that we will introduce Grape Express, expected to start 42 Paita, Peru to Philadelphia transit time 11 days. Please contact your sales representative for further information.
Demand Trend
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West Coast South America Imports
Weekly Oakland call on our WCC2 service now covering Hueneme, Los Angeles and Oakland to Central America and  West Coast South America.
Demand Trend
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North America to Intra-Americas
The Bonita Express provides a direct, all-water service from the port of Mobile, Alabama, to Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. This ocean route provides rapid transit for North American shippers along with connectivity to inland Nicaragua and El Salvador markets.
Demand Trend
Trade lane
North America to East Coast of South America
The depth of the Manaus River has been decreasing. We are closely monitoring this situation on a daily basis and creating preventive measures to reduce the impact on the logistics of our customers.
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Intra-America to East Coast of South America
As of August,  our service Gulfex, will also call the port of Paranagua, Brazil. We have multiple services calling Cartagena and Mexico, and we provide connexions in Cartagena, and Manzanillo to attend Central America and Caribbean markets.
Demand Trend


Trade lane
Intra-America to Caribbean
C4EX has space available to cater for Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and Santo Tomas de Castilla Guatemala, cargo to Caucedo, Dominican Republic.
Demand Trend
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Central America to North America
The Bonita Express provides a direct, all-water service between the ports of Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala, to Mobile, Alabama. This ocean route provides rapid transit for Central American shippers along with connectivity from inland Nicaragua and El Salvador markets.
Demand Trend
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East Coast of South America to Intra-Americas
Main space opportunities to Intra-ECSA (i.e., MERCOSUR trade). US East Coast and the West Coast of South America demand are ramping up. Mango and grapes reefer season is already happening on the US East Coast. Regarding the US Gulf and Caribbean, demand is on the high side, and we are facing schedule disruptions during August/September. Nonetheless, new opportunities for all destinations are welcome in the last quarter of 2023.
Demand Trend
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The Americas are maintaining a positive trend, with only three ports experiencing disruptions lasting between 1 to 3 days of waiting time.
BTP currently faces congestion in its export yards, necessitating the prioritization of export-bound vessels.

Itapoa is also grappling with limited yard capacity, and it has only four operational cranes.

As for Manzanillo, Mexico, we anticipate a waiting time of just 2 days for extra loader vessels.

In North America (NAM), we typically observe an average waiting time of 0 to 1 day, influenced by various factors such as holidays, hurricanes, and adverse weather conditions.

The Australian ports experiencing high waiting times are primarily due to the ETA of the vessels. We may experience waiting times of up to 3 days for vessels that arrive outside their designated time window.

The most affected port in New Zealand is Auckland, primarily due to crane breakdowns.

The Varna Port in Bulgaria is currently undergoing dredging operations from September 1st to September 30th, 2023, between 22:00 local time and 10:00 local time.

Please note that operations may be temporarily halted in Greece if temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Consequently, it is anticipated that there could be a work stoppage lasting up to two days in such cases.

Port Status

Less than 1 Day 1-3 Days 4 - 7 days More than 7 days
Latin America
Less than 1 Day
 Santos 01, Paranagua, Salvador, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Manaus, Suape, Pecem, Rio Janeiro, Imbituba, Sepetiba, Itajai, Navegantes, Rio Grande, Zarate, Rosario, Mar del plata, Bahia Blanca, S Antonio Este, P Madryn, P Deseado, Ushuaia, Vitoria, Buenaventura, Santa Marta, Turbo, Moin, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Lazaro Cardenas, Veracruz, Altamira, Progreso, Guayaquil/Contecon, Guayaquil/TPG, Puerto Bolivar, Callao/APMT, Callao/DPW, Pisco, Arica, Iquique - ITI, Mejillones-PAG, Antofagasta-ATI, Valparaiso-TPS, San Antonio - STI, San Vicente - SVTI.
1-3 Days
Santos BTP, Itapoá, Manzanillo-MX
4 - 7 days
More than 7 days
Rest of World
Less than 1 Day
Baltimore, Halifax, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Montreal, Newark APMT, Newark PNCT, North Charleston, Oakland, Philadelphia, Port Everglades, Seattle, Tampa, Wilmington, Busan New Port Terminal (KRBUSPN), Qingdao Qianwan Container (CNTSTQQ), Hong Kong Modern Terminal (HKHKGMO), Tauranga, Napier, Lyttelton, Port Chalmers, BNE (Australia), SYD (Australia), FRE (Australia), PSA (SGSIN), SPAIN, ITALY, CROATIA.
1-3 Days
Charleston, Freeport, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami - POMTOC, Mobile, New Orleans, Norfolk, Prince Rupert, Savannah, Vancouver,  Shanghai Guandong Container (CNSGHY4), Shanghai Shangdong Container (CNSGHY4), Shanghai East Container Terminal (CNSGHCT), Ningbo Beilun Container Terminal Phase 4 (CNNPOJ4), Xiamen Songyu Container Terminal (CNXIMSY), Guangzhou Oceangate Container Terminal (CNNANCT), Chiwan Container Terminal (CNIWNCT), Yantian Container Terminal (CNYATCT), Auckland, Timaru, MEL (Australia), ADL (Australia), GREECE, GEORGIA, TURKEY, ROMANIA.
4 - 7 days
More than 7 days
(*) - cargo connections can be impacted considering the delays reported.
inland update

Landside updates

Central America, Andina and the Caribbean Sea Area

Discover a World of Possibilities with Our Inland Services! Were you aware that our Inland Services cover a vast expanse across Central America and the Caribbean? Our capabilities extend beyond containerized cargo, encompassing the transportation of Furgones throughout Central America, including 48ft and 53ft options. You're invited to request your tailored Inland Quotation for a multitude of destinations, including but not limited to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Aruba, Suriname, Jamaica, Curaçao, and Haiti. Elevate your logistics game with our unparalleled offerings.

Air update

Air updates

Central America, Andina and the Caribbean Sea Area

Wide Body capacity is being moved to serve transatlantic lanes, while most Intra-LAM countries are being served via Narrow Body aircrafts which is limiting palletized and large cargo. Imports rates keep decreasing, predominantly from Asia & Europe origins while export rates are stable.

Experts provide insights into the benefits of cold chain logistics


Building cold chain resilience to strengthen Latin American trade

Latin America is well-known for its thriving cold chain export business that encompasses a wide range of products, including meats, fruits and vegetables, flowers, frozen dairy and seafood/fish, and even pharmaceuticals. Ensuring the quality and integrity of these perishable goods throughout their journey, however, poses significant challenges. Maintaining an unbroken cold chain from the point of origin to the ultimate destination is the need of the hour.

Read more

Learn more from the global Maersk team

Learn what’s happening in our regions by reading our Market Updates by region.

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Be sure to visit our “Insights” pages where we explore the latest trends in supply chain digitization, sustainability, growth, resilience, and integrated logistics.









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