The Port of Belize City was originally established in 1978. In 2002, the government of Belize agreed to sell the Port of Belize to Port of Belize Limited (PBL), including the license to operate, manage and provide port-related services. The license was granted for a duration of 30 years and sets out the specific responsibilities and duties of PBL. More recently , discussions between PBL and the government of Belize are ongoing to modernize the port facilities by constructing a new bulk terminal to serve the growing needs of the export sector.
Port website: Port of Belize Website
Key port information may also be found at http://www.maritime-database.com
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Belize City (0.5 km)
Port's Complete Name
Port of Belize
Managing Company or Port Authority
Port of Belize Limited
Management Contact Person
Kenrick M. Rirchards /Cargo Operations Manager
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Airport Name: Philip Goldson International Airport Belize
Airlines: United, American, Delta, Southwest and Avianca
- Port Entrance from Belize City
- Puma Fuel Storage Facilities (Fuel Supplier for Belize) - 189,270 litre (50,000 gallons) storage capacity
- Storage Warehouse 1,950 m2
- Loading/Unloading Areas 2,400 m2 and 790 m2
- Pier Length to Dock (+/- 700 meters)
- Containers Yards 9,290 m2 and 5,850 m2
For more information on key companies at the Port of Belize City, see the following link:4.4 Belize Port and Waterways Companies Contact List
The Port of Belize City faces several access constraints and bottlenecks. The one lane trestle and pier head create a severe bottleneck due to its small size and sharp turning angles. As a result, this leads to limited movement and activity on the pier head itself. Likewise, the width of the pier head restricts vessel operations to one at a time, and restricts efficient use of either shore cranes or ship cranes. This adds significant costs to the port's operations.
The shallow depths in the channel, turning basin and pier head restrict the size of vessels that can operate at the port, while restricting the possibility of economies of scale, in particular for bulk commodities. The substandard design and condition of crane equipment at the pier head causes bottlenecks and additional costs, in particular with wider and larger vessels, resulting in excessive re-shifting and sorting of containers.
June to November
Major Import Campaigns
March to December
Handling Figures for 2016
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016
Break bulk (MT)
Type of Berth
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
In 2002, the port of Belize was privatized and has been managed by Port of Belize Limited since then.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
150 mt, 155 mt
55 mt, 60 mt
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
50 mt, 25 mt
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
All documentation needs to be put online which can be done from anywhere in the country. All duties are paid to the Bank Care of Government of Belize. Customs declaration are then taken to the customs office. It takes about one hour to complete the procedures. Working hours of customs offices are from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 17:00. On weekends, appointments need to be coordinated individually.
For more information on customs in Belize, please see the following link: 1.3 Belize Customs Information
Quay of 67 m and RoRo Berth of 25 m. Pier (230 m² (2,500 ft²)) is currently not in use. The RoRo ramp was never operational due to design flaws and due to a lack of water depth for RoRo vessels on the windward side of the pier head.
Grain And Bulk Handling
Break bulk cargo is being discharged by using vessel cranes. The Port of Belize Limited conducts all these operations. There is no bulk handling facility in Belize to meet the growing need for bulk commodity movements.
Main Storage Terminal
The size of the working area of the port is 2,400 m² (25,800 ft²). The storage warehouses have a total capacity of 1,950 m² (21,000 ft²). Two container yards are available, one of 9,290 m² (100,000 ft²) and of 5,850 m² (63,000 ft²)
Number of Storage Facilities
Port services provided by the Port of Belize Limited include the following:
- 24-hour Port Operation
- Heavy Lift (crane)
- Loading and Unloading
- Stripping of Containers
- Re-stuffing of Containers
- 24 Reefer Plugs for Reefer Container
- Warehouse for Cargo Consolidation
- Receiving and Delivery of Cargo/Containers
- Rental of Property (24-hour security)
Containers can be loaded on trucks chassis/flatbeds by container handles/crane to move cargo along the Belize road network.
The port operates under ISPS level 1. Most of the port areas are kept under 24-hour surveillance by cameras. Additionally, all port facilities are watched by security guards.
Current ISPS Level
Yes (Belize Coast Guard)
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