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Ports in Belize City, Dangriga (the Commerce Bight Port) and Big Creek handle regularly scheduled shipping from the United States and the United Kingdom, although draft is limited to a maximum of ten feet in Belize City and 15 feet in southern ports. The Belize Port Authority regulates all shipping to and from the shores of the country. The main port in Belize City offers facilities for vessels up to 500 feet in length, including 21,000 square feet of storage warehouse, two container yards and a 75 foot ro-ro berth. The majority of the country’s imports and exports are processed at Belize City. The Commerce Bight Port is largely used for citrus exports and is, along with Belize City Port, owned and operated by the Port of Belize Ltd. The Port of Big Creek, owned by Banana Enterprises Ltd, is a small but strategically poised deep water sea port facility, through which bananas, citrus and oil are exported.
The inland infrastructure has over 3000 km of roadways, of which more than 500 km are paved. Additionally, there are 825 km of inland waterways, although these are only navigable by small craft (2011).
The principal airport, Philip Goldson International Airport, has reliable shipping and air cargo facilities to and from Europe, the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean. In 2004 Belize Airport Concession Company, a consortium of Belizean investors, assumed the management and operations of the airport. As part of the agreement the Concession Company is undertaking an expansion of the airport, which is expected to be completed in 2015.
In 2010 imports of goods to the country were valued at €0.7 billion, whilst exports of goods were valued at €0.3 billion. The major import partners were the United States, with a 36.4% share, followed by Mexico and Cuba (2010). The United States were also the main export partner, with a 30.7% share, followed by the European Union with 28.0% (2010).
There are numerous freight forwarders and custom brokers providing services in Belize. The country possesses international courier services for express delivery, including DHL, FedEx and UPS. The Minister of Transport, Communications and National Emergency Management is responsible for the maintenance and development of infrastructure, works, transport – including postal services – and civil aviation.
|Freight, Shipping and Logistics organisations in Belize|
|Belize Estate Company Ltd||
|The Belize Port Authority||