Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (OPC), the Honduran subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), has signed a sister port agreement with Belize’s Port of Big Creek to strengthen relations and promote interconnectivity between the two Central American ports.
The Port of Big Creek, through a cabotage barge service by the Big Creek Group, is set to benefit from Puerto Cortés’ global connections with OPC handling more than 23 weekly services.
The agreement the port in Belize the advantage of having a free zone in OPC’s yards for its import and export cargo in transit, which will boost Belize’s foreign trade.
Meanwhile the deal is expected to increase the flow of cargo through OPC, which has invested in new equipment and modern port technology since commencing operations in 2013.
Juan Corujo, OPC director-general, stated: “The possibilities of diversification in services, reprocessing and storage at competitive costs benefit all the actors in the logistics chain and position Central America as one of the most important logistics poles.
“The agreement with the sister terminal of Puerto Big Creek in Belize is a clear example of the benefits offered by the investment and modernization of Puerto Cortés.”
Operated by the Big Creek Group, the Port of Big Creek is in the Stann Creek district south of Belize.
The port is mainly used for the export of banana, sugar, citrus, shrimp, and oil, and is accessible by land, air, and sea.
According to the partners, its location and ability to handle large ships make it a strategic alternative for interconnection with Puerto Cortés.