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"The terminal will primarily be a gateway terminal to handle Costa Rica's increasing containerized exports and imports, primarily tropical fruit," Paul Gallie, managing director of APM Terminals Moin, told BNamericas.
Costa Rica is the world's largest pineapple exporter, with 84% of the European and the US market. As a result, some 66% of export traffic at the new terminal will be refrigerated containers, chiefly bananas and pineapple.
The new terminal will also serve Costa Rica's growing medical supplies industry.
"Medical goods and devices are also an important market for Costa Rica. There are over 30 companies in the central valley producing medical devices that are shipped around the world by sea," said Gallie.
Some 85% of Panama's traffic is transshipment whereas in Costa Rica this represents only a small portion of business
"If we do transshipment, it will only be a minority product that we offer," said Gallie.