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Sep 2, 2021

A New Port Policy in the Works

The Belize Port Authority has begun work on a plan of action, or Port Policy, to oversee port operations across the country.  Belize will be divided into three distinct zones, otherwise known as complexes.  The northern complex encompasses the Belize City harbor and includes the Port of Belize Limited and Fort Street Tourism Village. There is also a central complex which is comprised of Commerce Bight and a southern complex which is Port of Big Creek and Harvest Caye.  This morning, consultations were held with various stakeholders in order to gain a better understanding of how this will all be organized, recognizing that ninety percent of goods and services are imported via these harbors.

 

Gilbert Suazo

(Ret.) Major Gilbert Suazo, Ports Commissioner, Belize Port Authority

“Over eighty to ninety percent of the goods and services that come into Belize come through ports and also, over seventy to eighty percent of the passengers that travel into the country also come through ports.  Currently we do have ports within Belize which is very important to the national economy and the growth of this country, and so it is then that the Belize Port Authority Board and the management of port authority deemed it necessary to develop a policy that will sort of guide the direction of in terms of properly regularizing the port but also to be able to give guidance as to the development and construction of any new port that should come into the respective complexes. The National Port Policy is looking to establish what we consider to be port complexes.  There is a northern port complex which involves all those ports, the cargo ports and the cruise ports that are within the Belize City harbor.  There is a central complex which involves the Commerce Bight port and there is a southern complex which involves, includes rather, the Harvest Caye port and the Port of Big Creek which is cargo.  So that’s both passenger and cargo port in the port complex and then cargo and passenger in the northern complex.  And again, the idea is to have a sort of a mixed complex in the central mixed port, in the central complex.”


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