Largest free zone in America paralyzed by floods in Panama’s Caribbean

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  • Thu, 11/15/2018 - 23:28
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The Association of Users of the Colon Free Zone, the largest in the continent, reported today that floods following the rains of recent hours in an area of Panama’s Caribbean have "paralyzed" the logistic operations in the emporium.

"We have seen serious floods that have affected the operation of several ports, the isolation of the Randolph road (artery of our Logistics Hub) and the zero transit along the route leading to the Davis processing area and the Gatun and Aguas Claras locks" of the Panama Canal, the Association said in a statement.

The entity that groups the CFZ entrepreneurs warned of "serious consequences in the operation of the logistics ecosystem, a situation that, obviously, generates major economic losses to the logistic business sector, productivity and the coffers of the State", without specifying any figure.

"We observe, once again, another affectation of incalculable proportions to the country’s reputation and image, especially of our Logistics Hub, since operators, customers and competitors from the five continents are aware of the paralysis of our logistical operations," added the letter.

The Association of Users urged "the Government to assume, through its competent authorities, the responsibility of leading a logistic State vision that guarantees a good infrastructure, road maintenance, ditches and sewers," said the statement, signed by the president of the entity, Daniel Rojas.

The Colon Free Zone (ZLC) houses around 2,260 companies and generates 25,000 direct jobs, according to government data and its Users Association.

The rains of the recent hours have caused floods in several zones of the city of Colón, located about 80 kilometers far from the capital in the province of the same name, and in bordering places, without victims, wounded or disappeared.

The Ministry of Education on Thursday suspended classes in the province due to "weather conditions", while the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) reported that it has displaced relief staff to the site.


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