Inter-terminal transfers boost supply chain 

Inter-terminal cargo transfers between ManilaNorthHarbor (NorthPort) and Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) now play a key role in the operation of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc.’s newly launched mega Manila port hub and cuts the number of container trucks on the road, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.

The mega Manila port hub is part of Coca-Cola’s US$63-million investment in the Philippines for 2021, which will be used primarily to increase capacity in Luzon.

Shipping an average of 6,000 containers across the country yearly, the company saw that establishing the port hub could further improve its operations.

To date, the shared efficiencies within the ICTSI Group enable both terminals to facilitate seamless cargo movement at the Port of Manila.

The inter-terminal transfer (ITT) operation between the Philippines’ premier international and domestic gateways enables Coca-Cola to cut container truck trips from the Port of Manila to the beverage company’s plants in Laguna and vice versa.

Prior to the launch of the new facility, Coca-Cola’s sea shipments were transported directly from the Port of Manila to the beverage company’s plants.

With the ITT operations in place, shipments are transferred from container vans to trucks bound for Coca-Cola’s manufacturing facilities.

Shipments from the plants are then sent back through the same mode and, at the Manila port hub, they are processed for domestic shipping to distributors in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

This completes an efficient logistics cycle that also contributes to the reduction of container trucks on the road.

The enhanced synergies and competencies from inter-terminal cargo transfers will further effect time and cost savings for all parties, according to ICTSI executive vice president Christian R. Gonzalez.

In addition to leasing a CFS warehouse, NorthPort also offers Coca-Cola and CBPI readily available container storage along with other allied port services.

Employing ITTs also benefits other stakeholders including the City of Manila, the commuting public, and the environment.

“Another favorable result of inter-terminal transfers is the reduction of truck trips from the Port of Manila to Sta. Rosa and back. Less truck on the road frees up traffic which, in turn, translates to less carbon emissions – an added benefit for multiple stakeholders,” Gonzalez added.

Coca-Cola’s Manila port hub is managed by third-part logistics solutions provider Container Bridge Philippines, Inc. (CBPI).

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