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Exclusivity vs. Openness: China’s $1.3 Billion Port in Peru Faces Unexpected Challenge from its Own Government

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Chinese Port in Peru Confronted with Unexpected Challenge to Business Strategy

In a surprising twist, just months before its inauguration, China’s $1.3 billion port in Peru is facing a challenge from its own government. The port, operated by Cosco Shipping, was granted exclusivity over services to be offered on site, but the Peruvian port authority has since stated that this exclusivity was a mistake. They now believe that the port should be open to other companies offering services like loading and unloading shipping containers.

This unexpected development could potentially alter the business plan for the port. The Chancay port, scheduled to open in November during Peru’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, has attracted attention due to US-China trade tensions in South America. US officials have criticized Peru for allowing a state-owned Chinese company to lead such a significant infrastructure project in the country, pointing out that US firms have not made similar investments in the region. However, Peruvian authorities defend their decision, emphasizing the lack of private sector interest from US companies.

Once operational, the Chancay port could revolutionize South American trade by providing a direct route from Chancay to Shanghai. Exclusive deals are common in Peru, enabling port operators to recoup their investments by charging for infrastructure use. However, Chancay’s legal structure differs from other Peruvian ports as it was developed as a private entity from the beginning, unlike public ports that are later concessioned to private operators.

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 framework that is fair to all involved parties. Cosco criticized Peru’s stance on exclusivity over services and believes it negatively impacts investment climate in country.

By Samantha Nguyen

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