“Largest 20 Ports in Peru”

Find Biggest Peruvian Port

After Brazil and Argentina, Peru is the third-largest country in South America. It is known for its Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu. Lake Titicaca, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador are among its neighboring countries.

In Peru’s port system, there are more than 100 port facilities classified into three types – marine, river, and lake ports. Peruvian ports handle 91 percent of overall export volumes and 65 percent of total export FOB values. Peru has a plethora of ports, which is understandable given that 90 percent of the country’s exports are shipped by sea.

Here, let’s take a closer look on the top 20 largest port in Peru.

Port of Callao
Port of Callao
Av. Contralmirante Raygada 110. Callao Peru

The Port of Callao is the most important in Peru in terms of traffic and storage capacity. It’s located 12 kilometers from Lima, the capital city on the central coast.

  • TEUs: 2.31 million (2019)
  • Depth: 16 meters, enable huge shipments loading
  • Main gold and silver shipment point
  • Principal exports: minerals, fish oil, fish meal, refined metals
  • Chief imports: lumber, machinery, and wheat
  • The naval facility, Jorge Chavex Intl. Airport and a few industries are located within the port
Port of Paita
Port of Paita
Av. Contralmirante Raygada 110. Callao Peru

Port of Paita is the 2nd-largest national port and the chief port in Northern Peru, handling 10 percent of the country’s freight trade. It is located near Piura, in the north of the country.

  • TEUs: 274,151 (2018)
  • Vessels handled: container ship, bulk carrier, reefer, general cargo, etc
  • Terminales Portuarios Euroandinos S.A operate the port starts in 2009
  • Common export commodities: hydrobiological products and agro-industrial items
  • Maximum size: LOA – 305m, Draught -11.9m, 110525t DWT
Port of Matarani
Port of Matarani
2V2R+9RM, Matarani, Peru

The Port of Matarani is renowned to service both the Bolivian principal cities and the Peruvian Region. It is located 452 miles south of Callao, northwest of Ilo.

  • TEUs: capacity of 1648
  • Accommodate vast types of vessels including bulk carrier, general cargo, reefer, etc
  • Main imports: grain and general cargo
  • Chief exports: coffee, wood, tin ingots, and skins
  • Terminal Internacional del Sur SA managed the port
  • Annual traffic: 300,000 tonnes – exports, 500,000 tonnes imports
  • Maximum vessel size: 229 meters, draught – 12.6m, 82025t DWT
Port of Talara
Port of Talara
Av. C 20, Talara 20811, Peru

The Port of Talara is state-owned, operates as a lighterage port for general goods discharging. It possesses two piers for tanker handling. Port can be found in Talara Bay in Peru’s far north.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Refinery primarily uses the port for transport crude
  • Handle vast cargoes such as LPG, solid goods, general cargo, and petroleum products
  • National Petroleum Company, Petróleos del Perú S.A. (PETROPERU) operate the port
  • More than 190 vessels call the port every year
  • Maximum vessel size: LOA – 190 meter, draught – 10.6 meter, 35,000 Deadweight
Port of Salaverry
Port of Salaverry
Av. Contralmirante Raygada 110 Callao Peru

The Port of Salaverry is a port town in Peru’s La Libertad Region, 14 kilometers southeast of Trujillo. It has a 700-meter-long breakwater where most vessels anchor inside. It is located at around 8°13′16′′S 78°58′34′′W.

  • TEUs: 1820 (2019)
  • Accommodate huge cruise ships
  • Bulk carriers, oil/chemical tankers, general cargo regularly visit the port
  • Main commodities: ore concentrates, bulk and bagged fishmeal, fertilizers, and grain
  • Maximum length of vessels – 200m, draught – 10.9m, 64012t DWT
  • Water depth ranges from 8.5 to 12.1 meters
  • More than 140 vessels visit the port every year
Port of Iquitos
Port of Iquitos
Av. Contralmirante Raygada 110 Callao Peru

The Port of Iquitos is a river port located about 3700 kilometers upstream on the Amazon River. It is the largest city in Peru’s rainforest and the administrative center of the Loreto Department.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Reachable via plane or boat only
  • High-speed craft and passenger ships regularly visit the port
  • National Ports Company (ENAPU) administered the port
  • Possess 11 berths for larger boats, smaller boats, and bow berths
  • Maximum size: LOA – 38 meters
Port of Ilo
Port of Ilo
Av. Contralmirante Raygada 110 Callao Peru

The Port of Ilo is located between Mallando and Arica on Peru’s southwest coast. Empresa Nacional de Puertos S.A. administered and controlled the port.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Bulk carrier, oil/chemical tanker, fishing, container ship are among the vessels called the port
  • Possess two piers and an offshore oil terminal
  • Chief imports: oil and general cargo
  • Top exports: copper, minerals, fish products, and transshipments
  • Maximum size: LOA – 200 meters, Draught – 11m, 63581t DWT
  • More than 42,000 tonnes of cargo handled per year
Port of Ancon
Port of Ancon
Ancon Peru

Port of Ancon, a deep seaport located immediately north of Callao. This lighterage port is the mandatory discharge point for IMO class 1/1, 1/2, and 1/3 risky goods bound for Callao.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Serves as a fishing port and a beach resort
  • Bay is deep and free of known threats
  • Pleasure craft regularly calls the port
  • Maximum length of vessels – 64 meters
Puerto Atico
Puerto Atico
04475, Peru

Puerto Atico is a pier, jetty, and wharf-type port situated in Caraveli, Arequipa, Peru.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Coordinates: 16° 13′ 48″ S – 73° 36′ 51″ W
Port of Bayovar
Port of Bayovar
Bayovar Peru

Situated in the Golfo de Panama, the Port of Bayovar can hold ships with tanks ranging from 16, 500 to 250,000 TM. Its coordinates at -5.796362° / -81.05344°.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Bulk carriers, tankers, and passengers regularly visit the port
  • Possess “T” jetty with four buffer fenders and breasting dolphins
  •  Approximately 50 vessels pass through the harbor each year
  • Maximum size: LOA – 275m, Draught – 9.7m, 250,000DWT
Puerto de Chancay
Puerto de Chancay
Chancay Peru

Located 80 kilometers north of de Lima, Puerto de Chancay is one of the primary entry points to Peru for freight from Asia. It is also the center on the Pacific coast for the commercial exchange of South America with Asia-Pacific.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Expected to move around 1.5 million containers (TEU) in 2024
  • Create roughly 9,000 new jobs during the first phase of construction
  • Coordinates: 11° 34′ 45″ S, 77° 16′ 20″ W
Port of Chimbote
Port of Chimbote
Av. Contralmirante Raygada 110. Callao Peru

The Port of Chimbote is one of Peru’s most attractive and secure ports. It stretches 12 kilometers from the current marine facilities to Caleta Colorada Bay in the north. 9.0911S, 78.5948W is its position.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Fishing vessels, bulk carrier, oil/chemical tanker regularly visits the port
  • Main commodities: general cargoes, iron ore, fish meal, and coke/coal
  • Possesses three concrete piers for vessels to berth
  • Five buoy moorings for tankers loading/ unloading fish oil and oil products
  • More than 90 vessels handled per year
  • Maximum size: LOA – 200 meters, draught – 9.2m, 70,000DWT
Puerto de Coishco
Puerto de Coishco
Coishco Peru

Puerto de Coishco is a medium-sized port located in Peru at 9° 1′ 11″ S, 78° 37′ 28″ W.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Fishing ranks about 56% regularly call the port
  • Maximum vessel size: LOA – 80m, Draught – 4.2m, 1200t DWT
Puerto de Eten
Puerto de Eten
Eten Peru

Puerto de Eten is one of the province of Chiclayo’ 20 districts. It is a tiny town in Peru’s Lambayeque province, which is part of the region of South America.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Latitude: 6° 56′ 7″ South
  • Longitude: 79° 52′ 5″ West
  • Port Type: Pier, Jetty, or Wharf
Port of General San Martin
Port of General San Martin
Av. Contralmirante Raygada 110 Callao Peru

Port of General San Martin is a terminal port administered by Empresa Nacional de Puertos S.A. It is situated in Ica, Pisco Province, Paracas District, around 280 kilometers southwest of Callao Port.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Features 700-m in length marginal pier with four mooring docks
  • Naturally-protected from breakwaters
  • Principal exports: fish oil, fishmeal, salt, and sulphuric acid
  • Chief imports: fertilizers, cereals, iron for construction
  • Nearly 120 vessels call the port every year
  • Maximum draught size: 10.0 meter
Puerto de Huarmey
Puerto de Huarmey
Huarmey Peru

Puerto de Huarmey is situated on the north face of Antamina, the southern point of the Huermay river valley.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Pier, Jetty or Wharf-type port
  • Latitude: 10° 6′ 0″ S
  • Longitude: 78° 10′ 51″ W
La Pampilla Terminal
La Pampilla Terminal
La Pampilla Peru

La Pampilla Terminal is an off-shore terminal, is located at 7.0 n.m., north of the city of Callao, close to the Chillón River. They are dedicated to conventional buoy moorings (CBM).

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Main exports: refined products
  • Main imports: crude oil
  • Maximum size: LOA – 283m, draught – 13.0 m
Puerto de Mollendo
Puerto de Mollendo
Mollendo Peru

Located in Arequipa Region, southern Peru that borders the Pacific Ocean, Puerto de Mollendo is the principal port in the region. Today, the port only serves fishermen for the local economy, and all commercial shipping is done through Matarani.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Principal exports: wool, textiles, cement, canned fish, and cheese
  • Anchorage depth ranges from 23.2m – OVER
  • Oil terminal depth: 20.1m – 21.3m
  • Maximum size: over 500ft in length
Puerto de Pisco
Puerto de Pisco
Pisco Peru

Puerto de Pisco is the capital in the Pisco province, is also a port city. It is a marine port on Peru’s central coast in the south-eastern Pacific. More than 135 thousand calls the port home. Its coordinates are 13° 43′ 59″ S & 76° 13′ 30″ W.

  • TEUs: 3,217 (2018)
  • Intended to serve as a backup docking station of Port of Callao
  • Most industries rely heavily on the port activity
  • Handle large cruise liners, cargo, and passenger
Port of San Nicolas
Port of San Nicolas
Zona M23 D San Juan de Marcona San Nicolas Peru

National Port Authorities administered and managed the Port of San Nicolas. It is located on the southern part of San Nicolas Bay, positioned at 15° 15′ 30″ S, 75° 14′ 23″ W.

  • TEUs: N/A
  • Serves as iron ore loading port, unload general cargo and petroleum
  • Type of vessels regularly call the port is a bulk carrier, towing vessel, and high-speed craft
  • Maximum length of vessels recorded: 300m, draught – 12.1m, 209 325 tonnes DWT
  • Nearly 80 vessels call the port every year
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