Porto Itapoá launches last-mile delivery service and enhanced storage options

Source: APM Terminals

A new warehouse and a last-mile transport service at Porto Itapoá, Brazil offers customers increased flexibility and efficiency and lower operating costs. This is part of an ongoing investment at the terminal which will also increase capacity from 1.2 million TEUs to 2 million TEUs once completed in 2023. The R$ 750 million (circa Euro 140 million) expansion plan at Porto Itapoá will also increase the yard from 250,000 m² to 455,000 m².

“The new 2,000 m2 warehouse for general cargo is strategically located in the port, which makes the ‘unloading’ of the container and its return to the shipowner more practical and faster,” explains Roberto Pandolfo, Customer Experience Business Director at Porto Itapoá.

Reduced or zero demurrage

“This is particularly important as free-time – the length of time, a container can be stored free of charge at the port – has reduced considerably since the beginning of the pandemic to help reduce congestion. It can also help customers reduce or completely remove demurrage charges – a penalty paid by customers for using a container beyond the contracted term.”

The storage facility offers additional flexibility for companies that are close to reaching their maximum stocking capacity. “As operational procedures also fall under our responsibility, the customer has much less administration and more convenience,” adds Pandolfo.

Less-than-truckload last mile service

Porto Itapoá already offered fractional cargo operations (LCL – Less Container Load), but this is now supported by its new fractional cargo transport service (LTL – Less-than-truckload) which reduces logistics complexity and adds flexibility for customers.

Deliveries are made within a 160km and 260km radius of Porto Itapoá, directly to the customer’s door using transport managed by the Terminal itself. “In this way, we speed up a step in the customer’s logistics chain, reduce complexity and guarantee delivery,” explains Pandolfo.

About Porto Itapoá

APM Terminals holds a 30% share in Porto Itapoá. The terminal began operations in June 2011 and is one of the most agile, efficient and sustainable container terminals in Latin America. Located on the north coast of Santa Catarina, it has a privileged location in Babitonga Bay, which provides safe and calm conditions for berthing of larger vessels.

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