Authorities in Paraguay have inaugurated a new port terminal at Caacupemí de Pilar, which is expected to handle general cargo, containers and finished vehicles. It is one of the few ports that barges can still reach even during restricted water levels.
The port has cost $11 million to build and covers an area of 160,000m2. At the moment, access is slightly restricted due to the need to dredge the river to minimize the impact that low water levels are currently having on the area.
From Caacupemí, barges can reach Buenos Aires and Montevideo, even when conveying a full load. For consignments needing to go further up river to Asunción, transshipment is available at the port from larger to smaller barges.