Ports – Bolivia

Bolivia is the only country in South America without access to the sea, so it does not have its own seaports. However, the country supports trade through the ports of neighbouring countries. For example, Bolivia uses the port of Arequipa in Chile and the port of Mardel Plata in Argentina to export and import goods via the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, respectively.

Bolivia also has river ports on rivers such as the Paraná and Paraja, but these are mainly used for domestic transport and do not have direct access to international shipping routes.

In Bolivia, river ports are mainly present on the Paraná River and its tributaries such as the Paraha River. Some of the best known river ports in Bolivia include:

  1. Puerto Guayaramerín – Located on the Madre de Dios River, which is part of the Paraná River on the border with Brazil. This port serves both passenger and cargo traffic, especially along the border.
  2. Puerto Riberalta – Another port on the Madre de Dios River, located in the northwest of the country. It serves the agricultural and forestry regions of Bolivia.
  3. Puerto San Lorenzo – Located on the Madre de Dios River, in the vicinity of the city of Trinidad. This port is also used to transport agricultural products and forest products.

Full list of official ports that exist in the region:

  • PUERTO SUAREZ (UN/LOCODE: BOPSZ, Inland, South America)
  • PUERTO JENNEFER (Inland, South America)

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