Friday Focus: APM Terminals’ Early Gate-In


A new system from terminal operator APM Terminals, in use at Maasvlakte II, has allowed it to deliver and store containers regardless of permitted times.

As illustrated in the video from APM Terminals, its ‘early gate-in’ service allows all the cargo to enter the port in a single delivery through inland storage locations, or by sending them in a series of separate shipments.

A problem for businesses wanting to ship their goods to ports around the world is the discrepancy that can sometimes emerge between production schedules and port schedules.

Enrique Piqueras, of APM Terminals, discusses the 'tailor-made' Cartagena container terminal in a recent Port Technology technical paper

This has given rise to the necessity of temporary storage locations, which keep goods until they are able to be shipped.

However, with the early gate-in, APM Terminals has tackled the expense of such storage, as well as the logistical planning required to move cargo between external storage facilities and the port.

Stored by the terminal, a by day, by container charge avoids the need for multiple different trips and transport costs, as well as streamlining the flow of the supply chain and ensuring a more efficient service.

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