2.1.3 Peru Port of Paita

Port Overview

The port of Paita is the main port in northern Peru, mobilizing import and export containers (mainly hydrobiological and agricultural products) and general cargo. It is the second national port, after Callao, in terms of container movement and the fifth in total cargo movement.

In the first quarter of 2009, it was granted to the Portuguese-Peruvian consortium Terminales Portuarios Euroandinos (TPE), which signed the contract in September of that year. In 2018, the port movement in the port of Paita was 274,151 TEU, ranking 42nd on the list of port activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Due to its geographical location the port determines as the natural zone of influence to the northern regions of the country such as Amazonas, Cajamarca, Lambayeque, Piura, Tumbes and San Martín. After the concession process, the company Terminales Portuarios Euroandinos committed to an investment of US $ 155 million.

The modernization works of the port of Paita were inaugurated in October 2014, which has made it possible to triple the performance of the port terminal in an efficient way, reaching up to 70 containers per hour / ship, out of the 22 containers per hour / ship obtained in the year 2009. All this corresponds to the first stage of the concession contract, the construction of the container dock that includes dredging to less than 13 meters, a 300-meter berth, a 12-hectare container yard and the installation of a dock gantry crane. and two-yard gantry cranes and minor equipment.

According to the Concession Contract, the concession area amounts to 120.83 hectares, made up of 8.73 hectares of land area and 112.10 hectares of maritime area.

Port website:

Key port information may also be found at:

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Paita - Piura

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Piura (56.2 km)

Port's Complete Name

Terminal Portuario de Paita





Managing Company or Port Authority

Terminales Portuarios Andinos

Management Contact Person

Tel. + 5173-285670 / +51950896335


Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Aeropuerto Internacional Jose Quiñones GonzalesS – Chiclayo

LATAM, Viva Airlines, Copa Airlines


Port Picture




Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Euroandinos Port Terminals - Paita S.A. (TPE) is a company incorporated in Peru, whose corporate purpose is exclusively the administration, operation and exploitation of the Paita Port Terminal in accordance with the terms and conditions established in the Concession Contract signed with the Peruvian State, on September 9 2009, starting its operations as a concessionaire on October 8 of the same year.

The companies that make up the company are: Tertir Terminais (Yilport) and DP World Logistics (DP World). These companies are part of two large business groups with extensive experience and presence in the port sector at an international level.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance

Since the start of the concession in 2019, TPE Paita has registered a sustained annual growth of 9%, reaching more than 297,000 TEUS at the end of 2019. During 2019, Dredging works have been carried out at -14 meters in the access channel and maneuvering dock, which will allow the entry of ships of greater capacity to the terminal. Likewise, 03 forklifts have been acquired that will allow the best handling of cargo within the terminal.

The operations are mainly export-oriented. In 2019, of the 66% of export cargo, 93% was moved through containers. Peruvian agro-exports would reach US $ 8,500 million this year, which would represent an increase of 13.3% compared to the US $ 7,500 million registered in 2019, Piura remains the seventh exporting region of the country The main exports are hydrobiological and agro-industrial products.

Among the hydrobiological products we have squid, fish meal, frozen fish, fish oil and prawns, and among the agro-industrial products, bananas, grapes, mango, coffee, avocados, blueberries and peppers stand out. The main imports are solid bulk products, among which are fertilizers (ammonium sulfate, urea, potassium chloride, diammonium phosphate, etc.), grains (corn, wheat and soybean cake) and minerals (slag).

Seasonal Constraints


Time Frame

Rainy Season


Major Import Campaigns


Other Comments

The monthly frequency of the total number of ships, in 2020 the greater quantity of ships during the month of February when reaching 62 units; while June was the month with the least movement of ships (28). It is believed that it was the effect of the global pandemic.

Handling Figures for 2020

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2020

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Euroandinos Port Terminals has the following tariff for the general user public, the description and scope of the services included in the tariff in the annex to the Regulation of Tariffs and Prices of TPE Paita is available in the following link.

Tarifario TPE - Version 16 (

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth



Maximum Draft


Conventional Berth


365 m

10 m

Max Beam 32m, Max DWT Allowed 30,000, with 04 moorings.

Container Berth


300 m

13.5 m

Max Beam 32m, Max DWT Allowed 55,000, Min. Ship Gera Outreach 12m, Min. Parallel Body Length 75m

Silo Berth


Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


The berths that the Paita Port Terminal has, one of them the conventional one was already built and came with the concession. The container berth is relatively new and is part of the investment commitment in the port concession.

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

957 MT Container (Conventional Berth)

Exports - Bagged Cargo

1,834 MT Container (Container Berth)

Imports and Exports - RoRo

112 531 MT General Cargo (Conventional Berth)

Other Imports

637,148 MT Grain and Bulk Handling (Conventional Berth)

Port Handling Equipment

All the equipment for handling the loading and unloading of the ships are from Terminales Portuarios Euroandinos - Paita S.A (TPE) is part of the concession of the port with the Peruvian state, there are no contractor companies that provide or rent equipment within the port terminal.



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


4 RTG Cranes 45 MT

Good Condition

Container Gantries


2 STS Super Post Panamax Cranes 65 MT

Good Condition

Mobile Cranes


2 Mobile Harbour Cranes 101 MT

Good Condition



3 Reach Stacker 45 MT

Good Condition

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)


12 Terminal Trucks 55 MT

Good Condition

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines




12 Chassis for Containers

Good Condition



3 Forklift 2, 3, 4 MT

Good Condition

Container Facilities


Most companies use bonded customs warehouses to store their cargo in containers, that is, they collect the containers from the port and take them to these warehouses and there the entire import or export process is carried out.


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)



Refrigerated Container Stations



Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)



Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)



Emergency Take-off Capacity



Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Customs Guidance

The SUNAT Customs offices are at the entrance to the Port of Paita (before the descent to the town), it offers all services and procedures. The hours of attention are according to office hours. In addition, as in all SUNAT offices, all imports are worked through systems (on line) of the customs itself.

For more information on customs in Peru, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Standard services are those services that due to their operational characteristics are essential to complete the freight transport logistics chain. These are regulated by a ceiling rate, in such a way that the concessionaire can charge a maximum of the rate determined by the regulator. It should be noted that standard services are provided by the concessionaire on a mandatory basis to any user who requests it, necessarily complying with the Service and Productivity Levels. Standard services can be classified according to their scope, whether they are services provided based on the ship or based on the cargo:

Depending on the Vessel:

- Includes the use of the dock, mooring and unmooring. These services are necessary for a ship to be able to dock at the terminal and subsequently carry out loading and / or unloading of merchandise.

- The ship is charged for the hours it remains docked

- Charging unit: length meter-hour

- Start time: long ship the first spy in docking operation

- End time: long ship the last spy in undocking operation

- Includes mooring and unmooring service

Depending on the Cargo:

- In the case of shipment, the service ranges from the time the cargo enters the TPP until the ship in which it is embarked is unmoored to set sail. In the case of unloading, it ranges from the mooring of the ship to the removal of the cargo by the user.

- Collection unit for containerized cargo: per container

- Non-containerized shit collection unit: per ton

- Traction service: between the side of the ship and the storage area

- Weighing service

- Storage: 48 hours freely available to the user.

- In the case of transhipments, the rate for the standard service based on the load is charged only once from unloading to boarding the other ship, including the 48-day stay free of payment.

Grain and Bulk Handling

Regarding the loading and unloading of bulk and liquids, in both docks there are connection sleeves for the shipment of Bulk and Liquids. Below is the table with the discharge capacities of each of the types of cargo.

Dock 1-A is used for container ships, general cargo ships can operate in this dock, but container ships have priority over another ship. It recently has a connection sleeve for Bulk Ethanol Shipment.

Dock 1-B is a multipurpose dock / container cargo and bulk can be unloaded at this dock. Bulk unloading operations are always done considering the terminal ship cranes and grabs.


Main Storage Terminal

The Euroandinos Port Terminal has a total area of 142,000 square meters for cargo storage (Containers, Refrigerated and General), with the largest movement in containers.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

Area 3


Refrigerated Cargo

Area 1


General Cargo

Area 2



The stowage activities at the Paita Port Terminal (TPE) are provided by the same port, the loading and unloading of ships are carried out by the same port personnel. It must be taken into account that they are mono concessions granted by the state on the operations of the port. The only services that are provided by third parties are pilotage and towing.

Hinterland Information

Most companies use bonded customs warehouses to store their cargo in containers, the cargo arrives at the port and the importer or cargo owner indicates where they will carry out their customs clearance or exploration procedures for the containers. The cargo leaves the port and they are taken to these warehouses and there the entire import or export process is carried out.

These consolidated warehouses belong to other companies that have nothing to do with the port concession. The port only loads or unloads the ships and delivers the containers to these shipping agencies, which are the ones that move the containers to these bonded warehouses of customs.

Port Security

Port security has a security services company and also a national police office, the port has a video surveillance system and maintains 24-hour security. In addition, it has the support of the National Police that, outside of the internal and external control of the port, does intelligence work to prevent smuggling and trafficking in narcotics or controlled substances.


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 2

Police Boats


Fire Engines


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