Find Freight, Shipping and Logistics expertise in Guyana
Freight and shipping to, from and within Guyana takes place via road, river, sea and air. Due to a relatively undeveloped road network, especially in the country’s densely forested inland areas, domestic freight is mainly transported by river and air. Guyana’s largest and busiest port is located in Georgetown, via which much of Guyana’s produce is exported. However, the port at Linden handles the majority of the country’s bauxite exports. The port at Georgetown is run by the government owned Guyana National Shipping Corporation, which focuses mainly on coastal and regional shipping services. The port offers public and private tidal berthing facilities and warehouses, and alongside depths range from 5 to 6.1 meters at low tide. A number of independent pier operators, either privately owned or public corporations, are in operation. Additionally, the Guyana Sugar Corporation operates a bulk loading facility for sugar and the Caribbean Molasses Company Limited has a similar facility for molasses. Freight and shipping services are offered by a range of both domestic and foreign companies.
Air freighting services operate into and out of the country’s main international airport, the publicly owned Cheddi Jagan International Airport managed by Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation. A number of cargo agents offer services – AmeriJet International, Laparkan, Caribbean Airlines Limited and LIAT Airlines.
Guyana is a net importer of goods – in 2010 imports were valued at €1.1 billion, whilst exports were valued at €0.8 billion. The major import partners were Trinidad and Tobago and the United States with shares of 23.3%, 22.4% respectively. The export trade found the largest markets in Canada, with 25.4%, the United States also with 25.4% and the European Union with 18.3%.
In the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (2012) Guyana was placed 131st out of 155 countries in terms of infrastructure. Its score of 2.15 was below the average for Latin American and Caribbean countries, valued at 2.57, and that of its lower middle income group, valued at 2.37.
Both domestic and international freight forwarding companies can be found operating from Georgetown. Large international courier services, such as UPS and DHL, also have offices in Guyana and run services to and from the country. International consultancy firm Deloitte has a presence in the country, which is also served by the Caribbean Region network of PwC. The global logistics and transportation firm BDP International is also in operation.
The Ministry of Works and Transport is responsible for overseeing infrastructural development, whilst shipping interests are represented by the Shipping Association (Guyana) Inc.
In the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (2012) Guyana ranked 133rd out of 155 countries overall, with a score of 2.33, 42.5% of the highest performer, Singapore. Each country is scored from one to five, with one being the worst performance in terms of logistics, infrastructure and customs amongst other categories. In all of the categories – customs (113th), international shipments (129th), logistics competence (122nd), tracking and tracing (140th) and timeliness (136th) – Guyana scored below the average for Latin American and Caribbean countries and for its income group, lower middle income.
|Freight, Shipping and Logistics organisations in Guyana|
|Barakat Timbers & Trading Company Ltd||
|D & J Shipping Services||
|Guyana Freight Services Inc||
|Guyana National Shipping Corporation Limited||
|Marics & Co Ltd||