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

The Sustainable era

The Sustainable era

It is undeniable that there has been a surge during the last few years in the need for businesses to become more environmentally sustainable. In November this year, COP27 will be held in Egypt, for countries to discuss and define central aspects of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, talk about the commitments they are working on, and give predictability to climate finance. During this topic of the month, we will bring you more insights on the sustainability topic, how to measure your emissions, and, what companies have been doing to reduce their carbon footprint on their operations and in the world.

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What is COP 27

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is a yearly conference held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year, the second week of November will be the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) where the assistants assess progress in dealing with climate change. This event started in the 90s establishing obligations for developed countries to reduce greenhouse emissions. This year´s COP will take place in Egypt.

COP27 was originally going to take place in November 2021 but due to COVID, COP 26 was rescheduled to November. The Conference will build on the outcomes of the past COP and conclude with action plans that will reduce and tackle climate emergencies. The focus of this conference is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.

The conference has 6 key themes

  • Adaptation
  • Finance
  • Renewable energy
  • Net Zero
  • Food
  • Causes and effects

195 countries have ratified the convention and the ones assisting are Heads of State, ministers, and negotiators related to climate activists, majors, civil society representatives, and CEOs. This is the largest annual gathering on climate action.

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What Companies are doing to cope with climate change

Nowadays, many companies are recognizing that consumers are increasingly focused on green brands and their sustainable efforts. Several actors, such as McKinsey and Company, emphasize that major consumer goods companies are setting sustainability targets to go beyond simply optimizing their carbon footprint.

Big consumer goods companies are implementing several actions to become more sustainable. Some initiatives are:

  • Reduction of land use
  • Renewable sources for electricity generation
  • Sustainable procured palm oil
  • Circular resources implementation
  • Regeneration of water in the environment
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Waste reduction
  • Products with microplastics
  • Biodegradable products
  • Certified paper

Some other logistic companies are doing beyond optimizing carbon footprint in their supply chains. Regulations around Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) have been an important factor, and this has pushed toward their investor’ and consumers’ choices. Accenture mentions that around 60% of all global emissions come from supply chain operations, so sustainability is a priority in the logistics world.

All this is forcing supply chain managers to seek resilient ways to make their supply chain sustainable without impacting efficiency. Companies are focusing on mainly three pillars of supply chain sustainability:

  • Supply chains 3 zero, this means structuring a supply chain with zero carbon, zero waste, and zero social risk
  • Grow trust by increasing transparency of all the supply chain
  • Create a balance between growth, sustainability, diversity, and profitability
Green Solutions for your Cargo

Green Solutions for your Cargo

Nowadays, different markets are involved in a more sustainable world, and here is the importance of also choosing the right partner that can support you to decarbonize or at least reduce the emissions on your supply chain.

As you know, for Maersk sustainability is a central and important topic in our customer engagement today. We are always looking for potential partners, so together we can drive towards net zero as fast as possible.

We have developed different solutions to help our customers reach their green goals. Emissions dashboard increases the visibility of the emissions on your supply chain, or Maersk EcoDelivery. Maersk Green solutions.

Ocean update

Ocean update
Trade Lane Comments Demand Trend
Trade Lane
Asia to ECSA
After seeing in September that demand showed decreasing trends, noting the Q3 imports peak came to an end, there are signs of rate stabilization after Golden Week to maintain current levels. Brazil presidential elections results and Argentinian economic outlook impact on purchase power.
Demand Trend
Trade Lane
Europe to ECSA
Short-term demand from Europe has been stable with positive trends noticeably from the Mediterranean. North Europe remains under pressure noting the energy crisis and uncertain economic outlook; hence outlook for October onwards for both short and long-term demand is conservative added to the local events in Brazil and Argentina with presidential elections and economic struggles, respectively.
Demand Trend
Trade Lane
Short-term demand has remained strong throughout August and September noting exports peak from India.
Demand Trend
Trade Lane
East Coast to Asia
Protein demand in Asia remains strong.
Cotton exports to China increased quickly. Vietnam’s cotton trade is stable according to seasonality.
Wood consumption remains low mainly due to the construction industry slowdown in China.
Demand Trend
Trade Lane
East Coast to Europe
Citrus season from Argentina is over and the situation in Europe remains uncertain with high inflation and consumption concerns.
Melon season is expected to peak in Q4 driving volume to the market from Northeast Brazil.
Cotton season peaking up with Bangladesh and Pakistan among the main buyers of Brazilian cotton.
Demand Trend
Major ports status

Main port status

Key ports across our global network remain stressed mainly due to a shortage of labor and weather impact.

  • In Northern Europe, the Situation in Bremerhaven remains with an experienced waiting time of 3 days due to busy line-ups and yard congestions.
  • In Asia, the situation has improved in Ningbo with experienced waiting time from 4 to 2 days, same as Yantian.
  • In Latin America the situation related to weather disruption remains deteriorating the line up mainly in Chile and Gulf Of Mexico terminals. The same being experience in South America, due to weather disruption, experienced waiting time can be of 1 day in Itapoa and Paranagua.
  • In North America, West Coast the situation has not much changed with the very high experienced waiting time. Oakland is still under criticality with an experienced waiting time of up to 25 days. On East Coast, Savannah has deteriorated and the waiting time experienced can be up to 15 days. For the Canadian ports, Vancouver remains critical with waiting time experienced up to 35 days.
Less than 1 Day 1-3 Days 4 - 7 days More than 7 days
Latin America
Less than 1 Day
SSA/ Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, Veracruz, Altamira, Moin, hubs (Balboa, MIT, PSA, Cristobal and Cartagena ), Buenaventura, Callao, Guayaquil, Valparaiso, San Antonio (Chile), Santos, Paranagua, Itapoa, Itajai, Buenos Aires, Montevideo.
1-3 Days
4 - 7 days
More than 7 days
Rest of World
Less than 1 Day
Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia, Norfolk, Charleston, North Charleston, Jacksonville, Port Everglades, Tampa
1-3 Days
Philadelphia, Seattle, Miami, Freeport, Newark APMT, Baltimore, New Orleans, Mobile, Los Angeles, Antwerp, London, Hamburg, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Busan, Ningbo, Yantian, Shangai, Tauranga, Prince Rupert (*)
4 - 7 days
Rotterdam, Bremerhaven,(*)
More than 7 days
Vancouver, Long Beach, Savannah, Oakland, Newark PNCT, Houston (*)
(*) - cargo connections can be impacted considering the delays reported
Landside update

Landside update

ECSA - Improvements in the pre-stacking process at the port of Santos:
It was launched in June and, today, we have consolidated data that show the positive evolution in the controls of operations that demand pre-stacking. With the new tool and routines, we were able to provide a much more efficient service, which translates into cost savings for our customers.

Before the improvements, we had two partner terminals that provided the pre-stacking service for Maersk. With the new implementations, we were able to expand to serial terminals, generating competitiveness.

Air update

Air update

ECSA:The resume of passenger planes with cargo option (PAX) provided more capacity and the low perishable season countrywide has lowered the demand and some carriers and even offering promo rates.

MAA: Own Capacity flight from Mexico ( MEX ) to ( FRA ).- With Senator integration we are able to move general & dangerous goods cargo in compliance with International Air Transportation Association regulations out of Mexico to Germany. 2 direct flights per week. Space available.

Space Limitations & Backlog out of Nicaragua and Honduras to US.- Due to freighter cancellations in Nicaragua and Honduras, space is limited and need to be blocked in advance , preferable as priority cargo. Airlines expect to have more regular frequencies by the end of August

Flights from Mexico to Brazil overdemand, we need to block space at least one week in advance.

Additional flights from Mexico to South East / North East Asia.

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Learn what’s happening in our regions by reading our Maersk Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific updates.


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