Today’s episode will be discussing the changes they are implementing at the Port of Miami and how they will affect both carriers and customers. Specifically, the system they are implementing is the APM Terminal for gate appointments.
- Better able to complete double moves
- More control over your destiny
- Lower wait times for lorries
- More of moves per vehicle
- Reduced CO2 emissions
- Reduction of Idle Time
- Improved Efficiency
- Shippers need to communicate & schedule with carriers 3–5 days in advance
- It will be harder to organize your BackOffice
- No more value-added last-minute pickups
- Requires advanced planning
- It is Impersonal
How to Access It
The new APM terminal system is accessible by the TERMPoint website. Currently, it is used only for the South Florida Container Terminal. In the podcast, we have a 6min video on how to use the system.
Why the Port is Adopting This System
If we look at current data, we see that total trade volumes for PoM are up 14.98% for January 2021 compared to January 2020. That is an even faster growth rate than was seen in December, wherein trade was up 12.17% compared to the same month the year prior. This massive growth is occurring in a port with limited and expensive real estate. It is almost inconceivable that we will see the PoM expand in size.
Information About The Port of Miami
Across all US ports, total imports are up 28.15%. The PoM ranks as 34th in trade. The total trade value in January for the PoM was $2.33B, which is up 14.98% compared to the same time last year.
How the New System Advantages Carriers
We are optimistic about the new system. It has many positive takeaways, as we noted. Some others that require more detail than can be provided in a bulleted list are that as the city population continues to increase, traffic is rising in tune. The appointment system helps to deal with this. You can schedule a pickup and departure when the roads are less congested. Also, there will be more mobility at the ports as only trucks with an appointment for that time will be there.
Possible Changes at The Port of Miami if the System Works
If we, as carriers, can make efficient use of this system, it is not unreasonable to imagine the PoM becoming much more productive. That could lead to other changes coming down the pipeline, including a possible increase in open time.
The ability to plan ahead is one of the most vital factors in the supply chain. Shippers will need to be more proactive when notifying carriers about product movements. Carriers will also have to improve communication with shippers. That will lead to the supply chain becoming more robust overall. It is our opinion that despite any bumps on the road, this will lead to a more efficient way of operating out of the PoM.
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