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More problems at Kingston Container Terminal

Saturday, 03 November 2018 | 00:00

Reports have again surfaced of problems in the clearing of cargo at Kingston Container Terminal (KCT).

The Port Trailer Haulage Association issued a news release Thursday afternoon advising the commercial trade to expect delays in receiving shipments from the container terminal, as its members continue to experience lengthy delays.

According to the Association, it is now taking truckers up to three hours to complete one container transaction.

Ricardo Valentine, President of the Association, told RJR News that the situation has worsened with the increase in cargo ahead of the Christmas period, further frustrating truckers.

Mr. Valentine said the delays in getting cargo cleared at Kingston Container Terminal are due to a myriad of problems.

They include shortages of terminal equipment in the domestic area of operations, delays in the transfer of containers from Gordon Cay to the domestic delivery area, the recurring breakdown of the scanning machine, congestion in the loading yard as well as frequent stoppages of the vetting process for trucks to enter the terminal.

According to the Association, despite a recent meeting with Kingston Container Terminal to again outline the challenges, the situation has not improved.

The truckers are requesting remedial options be put in place to facilitate them moving the containers sufficiently out of the port.
Source: RJR News

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