Bolivian river port offers the country an alternative route to sea

Port Jennefer – on the Paraguay-Paraná waterway – is helping Bolivian businesses cut trade costs with access to the Atlantic, says its UNCTAD-trained manager, Bismark Rosales.

He says more businesses can save time and money floating goods up and down the waterway instead of hauling them across the Andean Mountains that stand between Bolivia and Chile’s ports on the Pacific.

“In terms of freight costs, the reduction is around 18-20%. And for time, it’s up to 30%,” says Mr. Rosales, Bolivia’s first graduate of UNCTAD’s TrainForTrade Port Management programme.

“We’re talking not only about the development of a port or a region. We’re talking about the development of an entire country.”

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