The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is reporting efforts to improve efficiency at the Port of Kingston.
Specifically, it was agreed that there would be further extension of opening times at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) from two to five days, as well as on alternate Saturdays until December 8, 2018. This is “to allow truckers to receive containers, thereby reducing the back-log that has occurred at the port in recent months.”
According to the JCA, it met with other key stakeholders in port operations in an effort to improve efficiency in the delivery of services.
In recent weeks there have been complaints by haulage contractors about the amount of time being taken for delivery of containers. Also they and customs brokers raised concerns about a backlog of cargo that suggested chaos for the Christmas period.
The meeting last week Thursday, November 8, was chaired by the President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor Gordon Shirley and had representatives from the PAJ, KFTL, the Port Trailers Haulage Association of Jamaica, the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica.
The JCA said in light of the approaching Christmas season it will continue to collaborate with its partners in reviewing port operations in an effort to ensure operational efficiency.
By: Franklin McKnight