Our Terminal

APM Terminals Quetzal opened for operations in 2017. It has an annual container throughput capacity of 340,000 TEU and is currently the largest facility between the port of Lázaro Cardenas in México, and the Panama Canal, on the west coast of Central America.

The terminal is equipped with three Ship-to-Shore cranes on a 350m quay and a berth depth of 14.5 meters. It can handle vessels of up to 9,000 TEU capacity, making it the largest in Guatemala. 

It’s state-of-the-art terminal operating system optimizes security, control and cargo management. It also enables customs and customers to operate as efficiently as possible. Rapid turnaround times are made possible by a convenient digital appointment system. Customers can track their containers real-time. 

Its goal is to be the maritime container terminal with the highest productivity and highest safety rates in Central America.

At a glance

  • Request services online. Online services still available in the import/export cycle will show as available.
  • Online appointment management system reduces waiting time at entry or exit from the terminal by issuing a PIN
  • Track & Trace provides accurate and real-time information on the status of your container
  • 24/7 live monitoring through high resolution cameras in all areas.
  • Simultaneous inspections
  • Reduced waiting time for vessels
  • Transparency - control over container history

In April 2017, the 8,600 TEU capacity CSAV Traiguen became the largest container ship to call at a Guatemalan port when it arrived at APM Terminals Quetzal on the maiden call of German-based Hapag-Lloyd’s Mediterranean Pacific (MPS) service. 


Various fruits and vegetables, coffee, grains, fertiliser, fish, cotton, textiles and tobacco will be exported via APM Terminals Quetzal. These account for around half of Guatemala’s exports.


APM Terminals Quetzal was acquired by APM Terminals in March 2016 while under construction. APM Terminals invested US$180 million in modernizing the terminal, and increasing the Port of Quetzal’s capacity by 35%. The new terminal is an 85%/15% joint venture between APM Terminals and The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. In 2017, APM Terminals  announced plans to invest a further $145m in APM Terminals Quetzal over the next 19 years.

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