The maritime transport crisis affects Catamarca’s must exports
Argentina’s export by way of San Francisco to Chile from the province of Catamarca has to wait due to the international logistics scenario, we learned on Thursday.
Faced with this situation, the provincial authorities would be looking for an alternative, which will most likely be the port of Buenos Aires.
The director of the provincial exchange of Catamarca, Gabriel Molina, explained what is happening in the world is that there are closures of the main ports, there are no containers available, you can not get reservations in the ports of the Chilean sector, there is a complication in the shipping companies ??.
Molina also mentioned that negotiations were underway to ship goods from El Paso, but it would be more complex “and it probably won’t be in the short term.”
“The first trucks of must will have to leave from the port of Buenos Aires and not from Chile. But in parallel with what is underway in the port of Buenos Aires, we are taking measures on the Chilean side to be able to get the loads out of Paso San Francisco as quickly as possible, ”Molina also explained.
“We are subject to a global logistical problem, which affects the entire agro-industrial sector. This explains the reason why the departure via the San Francisco Pass is delayed, but as soon as we have the reservations available on the ships, we will export the must there, ”Molina hoped.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shipping has experienced a bottleneck of goods in major ports around the world with an ensuing container shortage.
Catamarca had planned to make the first export of concentrated must in October. About 2,800 tonnes were to pass through ports in the Atacama region of Chile to South Africa. But under current conditions, the cargoes will have to leave via Buenos Aires. In Tinogasta, there are already 10 containers ready to be transported.
Catamarca Governor Raúl Jalil met with Argentina’s Ambassador to Chile Rafael Bielsa and Atacama Regional Governor Miguel Vargas Correa on October 1 to assess the current state of regional ports and their plans for the near future.
Argentina and Chile have been working on the Biooceanic Corridor Project, which aims to promote the exchange of goods and services from the provinces that make up the region with the international markets of the Asia-Pacific.
The must is the first step in red vinification after harvesting the grapes from the vineyard. The must contains grape juice and marc (the solids of the skins, seeds and stems). Concentrated must is used to improve the alcohol level of certain strains, and is currently in great demand in the food industry for the production of juice.