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China’s Dominance in Peru’s $1.3 Billion Chancay Port: A Legal and Political Battle

BySamantha Jones

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

Peru’s Port Authority Challenges China’s $1.3 Billion Chancay Port

The Chancay port, set to open in November during Peru’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, is facing a surprising challenge from the country’s port authority. The port, operated by Cosco Shipping, was granted exclusivity over services to be offered on site. However, the port authority now states that this exclusivity was a mistake and 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 legal structure of the Chancay port 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 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.

The Chancay port 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, this legal structure differs from other Peruvian ports as it was developed as a private entity from the beginning rather than being concessioned later on by private operators.

Cosco has criticized Peru’s stance on exclusivity over services at Chancay Port saying it was a key motivator for their investment in the project and that challenging it negatively impacts investment climate in Peru.

In conclusion, despite recent regulatory challenges and criticism from US officials regarding China’s involvement in South American infrastructure projects through state-owned companies like Cosco Shipping

By Samantha Jones

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