Barcadera Business Park

The Barcadera Business Park, including the designated freezone area, is centrally located and easily accessible with the modern and expanded international airport at just 5km distance. It also boasts very good connections with Oranjestad and San Nicolas, thanks to the Green Corridor and Watty Vos Boulevard roadways.

This favorable location, combined with its current and future added qualities, are factors that make the Business Park extremely attractive for a variety of companies and activities. With Customs just around the corner, the handling of international cargo will be that more effi cient, be it over water or through the air. The area has been identifi ed as a Business Zone in the spatial development plan of Aruba. Companies with amongst others port related activities are therefore more than welcome in this area.

The multimodal connectivity with a modern international airport and a state-of-the-art multi cargo sea terminal close at hand, make Barcadera a fantastic logistical hub and business center.

Barcadera Business Park



Barcadera is a good example of how a Business Park should be designed to be able to meet current and future demands of modern logistics services. This location guarantees a direct connection to a dedicated multi cargo sea terminal, operated by ASTEC N.V.. The Business Park houses a diverse cluster of industrial activities and companies, for which the adjacent terminal acts as a dedicated stevedore, with value added services, such as bonded warehousing, and 40 reefer positions as a great advantage. A 440 meter long quay with 11 meters of quay depth guarantees excellent accessibility for waterside operations. ASTEC can handle a broad variety of cargo, ranging from “barquitos” (small wooden vessels) with fruits & vegetables, to regional feeder vessels carrying containers from multiple lines. Additionally, break bulk materials (like vehicles), specialized cargo (such as wind turbines and diesel generators), yachts and heavy equipment for specialized construction services on the island are loaded and/or discharged at this terminal. The terminal also handles the unloading of aggregates, cement (dry bulk), gas and lumber (bundles). In addition, the terminal lay-out has been designed allowing to handle ample growth in cargo volumes towards the future. Essentially all sea-borne cargo imported to and exported from Aruba, flows through this terminal without a problem.



The Aruba Ports Authority N.V. is excited to offer the area known as “Dry Area North” in an upcoming tender process.


Public Announcement: APA Initiates Allocation of Plots at Barcadera Business Park

Aruba Ports Authority NV (‘APA’) is the owner of approximately 10 hectares of developable land located near Barcadera Harbor, Aruba. This area can accommodate the development of approximately 16 parcels.

Barcadera Business Park

APA wishes to lease the parcels through sublease agreements to third parties, provided they meet the criteria described in on this page:
Criteria for Evaluation and Selection:

Criteria that will be applied when evaluating application include that they have to harbor-related businesses primarily engaged in logistics, warehousing, indoor loading and unloading operations, and small-scale manufacturing.

Interested parties are required to submit an application via email to by September 15, 2023.

  1. Application Procedure: Applications will be processed and handled based on the suitability of the intended purpose and space requirement; parcels will be allocated to the satisfaction of the port company.
  2. Documents: Alongside the application or no later than 30 working days after the application, the applicant must provide:
  • proof of payment of the registration fee of Afl. 500.00;
  • a comprehensive business plan of the intended project;
  • an original certificate of good conduct issued by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (for legal entities, also from the CEO);
  • an original certificate of fiscal behavior issued by DIMP.
  1. Due Diligence: An AML/CFT client due diligence is part of the selection process.
  2. Evaluation of Applications: APA will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:
  • Compatibility of the proposed project with the parcel’s designated use. The suitability of the parcel for the project also plays a role.
  • The degree of connection the intended project has with the business activities at Barcadera Harbor.
  • Feasibility of the intended project, including its financial viability.
  • The applicant’s track record (including specification of ultimate beneficial owners and key personnel) in successfully executing similar projects.
  • The (potential) impact of the intended project on nature and the environment, as well as the likelihood of disruption or inconvenience to the surroundings.
  • The expected value that the intended project will bring to Barcadera Business Park and/or Barcadera Harbor, also plays a role.
  1. Meeting the Criteria: Applications that do not meet the aforementioned criteria will be rejected. The results of an AML/CFT client due diligence, the content of the certificate of good conduct, and/or the content of the certificate of fiscal behavior can also lead to application rejection.
  2. Parcel Allocation by APA: If an application is approved, APA will solely determine which parcel will be offered to the applicant. The guiding principle is that each available parcel must be allocated to the applicant who can make the best use of it given the unique characteristics of the parcel. The reasonable preferences of each applicant will be considered in this judgment.
  3. Sublease Offering: If agreement is reached on location and use, parties will elaborate on preferences, needs, prerequisites, and financial feasibility. Based on this, APA will make a sublease offering.
  4. Agreement and Notarial Deed: The signed offering will be formalized in a notarial deed by a notary of APA’s choice. All associated costs are solely borne by the applicant.
  5. General Terms and Conditions: The General Terms and Conditions for Temporary Sublease in the Port Area apply to all sublease agreements in Barcadera Business Park.

The following uses are explicitly excluded:

  • Retail;
  • Storage for individuals;
  • Residential purposes;
  • Storage of fireworks and ammunition;
  • Storage of hazardous materials.


Starting October 1, 2023, following the evaluation of all applications from interested parties in response to this announcement, APA will directly approach parties for potential negotiations regarding the allocation of one or more of the aforementioned parcels. The criteria mentioned above will remain fully applicable during this process.

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