APMT focuses on African integration

The Port of Luanda has benefitted from and ICD an container park The Port of Luanda has benefitted from an ICD and container park
Industry Database

APMT has described a new model for West African transportation suggesting a shift away from "container lifts" towards “integrated container transport solutions”.

Reik Mueller, a business development director for the Africa-Middle East region at APMT, addressed delegates on the topic of dry ports and inland corridors at the third annual Africa Ports, Logistics & Supply Chain Conference this week.

Mr Mueller described dry port and inland waterways as “untapped markets” and “overlooked opportunity markets of the future."

The future prosperity of these markets, he argued, would depend upon access to global economy and new markets. He said: “The ports that can provide the best and most efficient connectivity to those inland markets will be the winners.”

Ports are already strongly competing to become preferred gateways to move goods efficiently through landlocked countries like Africa. The issue is that importers won’t wait for improvements in infrastructure, they will move their cargo to other ports, so it pays for terminal operators to stay ahead of the game.

APMT has had success in reducing port congestion through Inland Container Depots (ICDS) outside its terminals at the ports of Luanda, Angola, the Meridian Port Services joint venture in Tema, Ghana and the ICD opened just outside of APM Terminals Apapa, Nigeria.

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