The Autoridad Portuaria de Guayaquil (APG) was established in 1958 as an independent organization to plan, finance, operate, and maintain the Port of Guayaquil and its harbor. In 1995, the National Council adopted the “Landlord Port” model, authorizing the delegation of port services to private parties. Since 1999, the APG has granted concessions for the operations of its bulk, container, and multi-purpose terminals to private operators.
The Port of Guayaquil handles 93% of the country's container traffic (representing 453 thousand TEUs) and 62% of its total cargo traffic of 5.6 million tons, making it the 13th busiest port in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Port of Guayaquil operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Container Terminal in the Port of Guayaquil has three berths, each 185 meters long, and over 290 thousand square meters of paved container-handling area. The Multi-purpose Terminal has five 185-meter piers with more than 85 thousand square meters of warehouse space, including 5.4 thousand square meters for dangerous cargoes and 4.1 thousand square meters for refrigerated and chilled cargoes.
The Bulk Terminal has one pier of 155 meters, three 8.9 cubic meter silos, two warehouses with capacity for 900 metric tons each, a grain warehouse with capacity for 30 thousand metric tons, and tanks for liquid cargoes (one vegetable oil tank of 240 cubic meters and three tanks for heavy liquids with capacity for 9.8 thousand cubic meters).