The New Port of La Union is one of El Salvador’s main infrastructure with total investment US$200 million. It was inaugurated by GoES in June 2010. The project was financed by Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and a government agency, Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autonoma (CEPA).
Among the facilities that the Port of La Union offers to potential licensees include: high level of port infrastructure, with more than 50 ha of work (1 Stage), with deep-water docks where boats can dock Post Panama type that can mobilise up to 6500 TEUs; space for future development of facilities, road connectivity and the possibility of developing a rail connectivity.
Port website: http://www.cepa.gob.sv/tag/puerto-la-union
Key port information may also be found at: e-database.com
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Puerto de la Unión Centroamericana
13° 20’ 9’’ north latitude
89° 03’ 20” west longitude
Managing Company or Port Authority
CEPA El Salvador – Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Airport of Ilopango, 177.6 km
Since its inauguration in 2010, the port has been barely used (95 vessels between 2014 and 2017). The government of Japan, through JICA, in 2019, started an assessment to the port in order to support the improvement of the basis for economic and social development through the development of economic infrastructure. In addition, it will promote technical assistance that contributes to the activation of the Port, built under the Reimbursable Financial Cooperation scheme. With this strategy is its hoped to define its role against Port of Acajutla and its complementarity to Puerto Cortes in Honduras and Port Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala.
Statistics for 2019 show a total reception of 21 vessels (18,041.19MT: 23,242 TEU).
At the moment the type of ships that can enter to the port are those type of Panamax that mobilise 4,66 TEU or Post Panamax mobilising 6,500 TEU.
Port size: small
Access Chanel: Dredging 13 million m3 approx.
- Length: 5.0 km.
- Deep: 14.00 MT.
- Width: 140 MT.
- Signal Range: 3 Mn.
- Length 17.00 Km.
- Deep: 14.50 MT.
- Width: 140 MT.
- Signal Range: 4 Mn
- 16 Marker buoys.
- GPS Radios
- 1 Navigation Lighthouse
- Visibility: 22 Nautical Miles
From May to November
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2019
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2019
Break bulk (MT)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: https://www.transparencia.gob.sv/institutions/cepa/documents/servicios
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
Total area: 174,722 m2, Capacity: 350,000 TEUs
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Other Imports (2019)
Port Handling Equipment
The port equipment is handled by governmental personnel. The equipment is not used 100% since very few vessels arrive there.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
5 tugmasters, 5 trailers
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
4 / 6,000 lb
Facilities for containers are mostly empty due that not many vessels arrive to the port.
Container Facilities Available
560 x 560 mts
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
Although there is little movement at the port, Customs office is active. There is no information regarding on how long it takes to get shipment out of the port.
There is also an office in La Union: 3ra calle Pte. Sector La esperanza, Colonia Belén, No. 22, La Union. Phone No.: +503 2604-4106 / 2637-0173.
Multipurpose terminal is available with the following information:
Berth length: 220 m
Depth: -10 m
Total area: 115,981 m2
There is also a Ro Ro and passenger terminal with the following information:
Berth length: 240 m
Depth: -9.5 m
Total area: 34,871 m2
GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING
There is no information with this regard.
MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL
There is a warehouse for general cargo, which is located at the multipurpose terminal and its working hours are as follow:
- Monday: 08:00 – 17:00hrs
- Tuesday to Thursday: 07:00 – 17:00hrs
- Friday: 07:00 – 15:45hrs
So far what has been stored is: iron and steel (metal, ingots, rolls, coils, sheets, messes, loose parts, others) and fractional General cargo. Whichever shipping company or customer must present the Tarja note and the partial bill of departure and a payment of USD 0.39 par metric ton.
Port security is maintained 24 hours a day.
Current ISPS Level (Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)