Chinese Port in Peru Confronted with Unexpected Challenge to Business Strategy

In a surprising twist, Peru’s $1.3 billion Chancay port, set to open later this year amidst increasing US-China trade tensions in South America, is facing an unexpected regulatory challenge. Despite being granted exclusivity over services at the port, operated by Cosco Shipping, Peru’s port authority has stated that this exclusivity was a mistake. The authority now insists that the port should be open to other companies offering services such as loading and unloading shipping containers. This unexpected development could potentially alter the business plan for the port.

The Chancay port, which was developed with significant investment from China, has attracted attention due to its legal structure which differs from other Peruvian ports. Unlike public ports that are later concessioned to private operators, Chancay was developed as a private entity from the beginning. However, despite concerns raised by US officials about the involvement of a state-owned Chinese company in such a significant infrastructure project in Peru, Peruvian authorities maintain that there is no private sector interest from US firms in similar investments.

Despite this regulatory challenge, Transportation and Communications Minister Raul Perez Reyes confirmed that the Chancay port is set to be inaugurated in November. The government is working on adjusting regulations to address the exclusivity issue and create a fair framework for all involved parties. However, Cosco has criticized Peru’s stance on exclusivity over services at the port, stating that it was a key motivator for their investment and negatively impacts the investment climate in the country.

By Aiden Johnson

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