Two pilot block chain services connecting APM Terminals (APMT) Lazaro Cardenas to Mexico City and Houston have now become fully implemented after a positive response.
The train service pilot to Mexico City focused on eliminating dwell times in other congested gateways and securing cargo whenever trucks were stationary on city streets.
The non-stop weekly rail departures delivered transit times to Mexico City comparable to those from LA and faster and more reliable than from Manzanillo, stated APMT.
The established fixed weekly departure means APMT Lazaro Cardenas offers a transit time to Houston of six days, the same as the rail service from Los Angeles.
According to the terminal operator, congestion and delays are commonly associated with services in many terminals in Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Forwarders have reported dwell times for cargo via Long Beach to inland destinations of between five and seven days ,it noted.
APMT claims that its facility in Lazaro Cardenas offers much faster transits from vessel discharge to rail connection due to its on-dock rail capability with two dedicated rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes and lower move count.
The terminal also s its own rail customs inspection facility with 34 dedicated bays that are meant to speed up and simplify the container inspection and cargo clearance process.
In partnership with logistics provider Damco, units can be transferred within 24 hours using customs clearance procedures.
Cargo is pre-cleared using routing developed for Canadian gateways while the whole customs procedure is managed by APMT.