During 2003 Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso (EPV) began a process to lay the foundations of the company's main guidelines in logistics. This is how the Logistics Business Model of Puerto Valparaiso was conceptualized, elaborated and approved, and a Logistic Development Plan was also promoted, which allowed defining a strategy to implement this model.
In this context, the need to have an entity that formally met the main actors in port logistics was identified and thus work in a coordinated way to make the passage of cargo through this port more efficient. This gave birth to the idea of creating an organized port community..
On 17 May 2004, the public presentation of the proposal for the creation of a Logistics Forum was held at an enlarged meeting, where the experience of Barcelona in this area (Customs of Catalonia and Port Authority of Barcelona) was presented. At the same meeting, the Regional Customs of Valparaíso was supported by the initiative, and the next steps were defined for the constitution of the plenary group. Attendees evaluated the measure positively, so that on Tuesday, June 15, 2004, the meeting was constituted of this work, in which representatives of Customs, SAG, Maritime Authority, Port Authority, Terminal No. TPSV, Cargo Agents and Logistics Operators (ALOG), Customs House, ANAGENA and the Maritime and Port Chamber.
Since that formal constitution of FOLOVAP in 2004 and during the last 13 years, several initiatives have emerged at the outset that have collaborated in strengthening the logistic model of Puerto Valparaíso, emphasizing the efficiency of the processes involved in the port chain and in The competitiveness of the system. Initiatives such as the implementation of ZEAL itself and its first SI-ZEAL system or the lifting of export and import processes that gave life to Silogport have been key to increasing the competitiveness of the Port.
Another important milestone of FOLOVAP was the creation of the Logistics and Foreign Trade Meeting (ENLOCE), whose five editions have enabled the most important players in the national logistics and port industry, government authorities and port managers to meet annually in Valparaíso From all over the world, in order to reflect, review and share views on the challenges and perspectives of the sector, with an emphasis on promoting Valparaiso as a port of international reach.
As part of the tenth anniversary of FOLOVAP, in 2014, its members declare the need to embark on an ambitious modernization process, so that the port community of Valparaiso is engaged in the task of conducting a new strategic planning for the period 2015-2019 After a long process, a new Strategic Plan for FOLOVAP is defined, one of its first definitions being the institutional renewal of the forum.
Thus, in 2016, a new organization was agreed that today allows greater specialization, integration and coordination between the actors, thus fostering a more proactive role of FOLOVAP in order to be able to address global and specific problems that affect its members, and especially Foster collaborative work aimed at solving general problems of the Port, ultimately improving its competitiveness.
Since its inception, FOLOVAP has grown in participation. Of its 9 original members, it currently has 25, including various public services, shipping companies and logistics services linked to the local port work. Many have led the organization in the role of executive directors or presidents, helping to strengthen community cooperation with many public and private institutions.
PRESIDENTS OF FOLOVAP:
2004 – 2006: Harald Jaeger / Mario Troncoso (Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso)
2006 – 2008: Daniel Vergara (Aduana Regional Valparaíso)
2008 – 2009: Germán Fibla (Aduana Regional Valparaíso)
2009 – 2011: Ana María Vallina (Aduana Regional Valparaíso)
2011 – 2014: Iris Vicencio (Aduana Regional Valparaíso)
2015 – 2016: Myriam Gutiérrez Vivar (Aduana Regional Valparaíso)
2016- Now: Gonzalo Davagnino (Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso)