Puerto Rico Steams Toward A World-Class Port

Edgardo Torres-Caballero, Puerto Rico’s Deputy Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce, notes, “As one of the most modern, high-tech and efficient ports in the Caribbean, the Port of the Americas will provide a central geographic location that will allow clients to optimize their supply chains and deliver value to their customers. Located on the Island’s southern coast, the Port will serve cargo needs between Puerto Rico and the U.S., the Caribbean area, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

The government plans to develop the Caribe Business Parks next to the Port of the Americas. CB Richard Ellis has been hired to handle commercial work necessary to create these manufacturing and logistics parks.

Puerto Rico has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design, build, operate and maintain the Port of the Americas. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2004. The Port Authority’s Board will then select the winning proposal with construction slated to begin late this year with the aim to have up and completely running in 2006.

To obtain a copy of the RFP or for further information, contact Shannon Vezina by phone: 202-326-1773.

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