Iquique Port Company (EPI), in Chile, has signed various contracts to move soya by container.These will arrive at the port in big bags of 4–5 tonnes, where they will then be containerized.This will allow soya to be moved by most vessels heading for Asia, rather than requiring the port to charter a bulk carrier.

Alfredo Leiton, EPI director, says this obviates the need for dedicated bulk ports and will allow the new Iquique container terminal to ship bulk consignments in containers. He also welcomes the decision to link Chile with Brazil by Bolivia as part of a bio-oceanic corridor, which should also generate additional cargo for the port.