Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc.’s newly-launched Manila port hub is benefiting from inter-terminal transfers (ITT) between Manila North Harbour (NorthPort) and Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
The ITT operation between the Philippines’ international and domestic gateways, both run by ICTSI, is enabling 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 to the beverage company’s plants.
With the ITT operations in place, shipments are transferred from container vans to trucks bound for the beverage company’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 the logistics cycle that also contributes to the reduction of container trucks on the road.
ICTSI executive vice president Christian R. Gonzalez said: “We are excited to demonstrate the enhanced synergies and competencies to be had from inter-terminal cargo transfers, which we are sure will further effect time and cost savings for all parties.”
“Another favourable 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.”
In addition to leasing a CFS warehouse, NorthPort also offers Coca-Cola and its third party logistics solutions provider CBPI readily available container storage along with other allied port services.
The mega Manila port hub is part of Coca-Cola’s US$63m 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.