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Colombian port Buenaventura nearing storage capacity as blockade prevents imports from moving inland

Ongoing social unrest in Colombia has significantly affected the Port of Buenaventura, Colombia’s primary Pacific Coast port, said the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) in a notification. According to the Club, a blockade of the road to and from the port has been in place for nearly a month.

Cargo discharged at the port has been put in storage at its three main terminals, which are now close to capacity.

Several major ocean carriers have suspended shipments until road access from the port is restored. According to the American Club, “at present, there is no indication of when the blockade will be lifted.”

An article from Agence France-Presse this week looked at the Afro-Colombian community of La Playita, a poor neighbourhood near the port. People in that community “have lived in the firing line of one armed conflict or the other for decades.”

“Since 2014, the state has been ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect the people of La Playita,” noted the article. However, gang violence continues to threaten area residents, which led to anti-government demonstrations “that have paralyzed Colombia since the end of April.”

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.


  1. It’s so sad that a port that generates so much income for the government refuses to share the wealth with the community. The people have nothing to show for the billions that Buenaventura earns. No roads, hospitals, airport, housing and infrastructure. The list goes on but like the rest of Colombian people they will be left out of the richness that this country has due to the constant political corruption that blatantly goes on here.
    Colombia has so much resources with its minerals petroleum tourism marine life again an endless list but it has so little pumped back into the infrastructure and population who are getting sick and tired of it.

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