TRENCAR (Trenes del Caribe, S.A.S.) is looking to become the first private railway company in Colombia to offer a secure and cost effective alternative of transporting cargo, connecting the industrial and commercial production sources with the seaports in the Caribbean Coast. In the long term we are looking to transport cargo in other local railways and future integration with our neighbor countries.
Colombia International Economic Potential
Colombia has great international economic potential that have attracted international companies to operate in the country. With the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with USA approved on 2011 and many other regional and worldwide government agreements, we find that increasing Colombia’s railway transporting capacity is a great business.
Trencar has national and international strategic partners related to the international trade business, ground, river, and maritime transportation, locomotive and railroad equipment manufacturer, warehousing, etc. Trencar is also negotiating with the Florida East Coast Railway to effectively connect and distribute cargo throughout the United States of America.
Trencar Business Plan
In order to act as an authorized cargo transporter in Colombia’s railways, Trencar obtained the official license issued by Colombia’s Transportation Ministry. Trencar contracted the firm Valor & Estrategia that developed an operating and financial model; and in association with AE Ingenieria developed a operating plan suited to the specific conditions of the railway between La Dorada, Caldas and the Santa Marta Seaport. Trencar is also evaluating the cargo transporting to other ports in the Atlantic coast. The financial and operating model includes cargo volumes, operating and administrative costs, the required Capex, and implementation time among other important factors to develop this business.
There are many facts that makes very interesting to support the Trencar project, investing and giving us your cargo loads. Some of them are shown below, such as Colombia strategic geolocation, its actual commodities transportation amounts and its potential to grow, the actual infrastructure and the projected improvements to its roads, highways, and ports, the fact that rail transportation is safer and more economic than other ground transportation methods.
LOCATION TRENCAR PROJECT
• Population (2004): 45,325,261 inhabitants (71% urban, 28% rural)
• Capital: Bogotá, 7 million inhabitants
• Climate: Tropical (climate based on altitude)
• Official Language: Spanish
• Currency (August 2012): Peso (COP vs. US$ 1.820 =US$ 1)
• GDP (current prices 2011): US $333.155 billion
• GDP per capita (2011): US $7,107
Colombia is located in South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Panama and Venezuela, and bordering the Pacific Ocean, between Ecuador and Panama. Its geographical location makes Colombia a strategic trading location connecting South America with Central and North America, and Europe.