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Bahamas: Port volume down as much as 30 percent at onset of pandemic

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nassau’s main commercial shipping port saw its volume decrease by as much as 30 percent less than budgeted volumes between March and June as a result of COVID-19.

In its annual financials for 2020, Arawak Port Development (APD) noted it has been one of the organizations specifically exempted from lockdowns due to the nature of its operations and the critical role it plays in the supply chain for essential goods on the island of New Providence.

“As a result of COVID-19, volumes for the months of March to June decreased by as much as 30 percent less than budgeted volumes,” it reported.

“Despite the decline at the early onset of the pandemic, there was an increase in the importation of hardware and building supplies due to ongoing projects on the island.”

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