Fewer trucks on the road: Coke PH boosts deliveries with mega port hub in MICT, Northport
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Fewer trucks on the road: Coke PH boosts deliveries with mega port hub in MICT, Northport

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. has boosted its logistics operation with the seamless cargo movement in its newly-launched mega-hub at the Port of Manila.

Coca-Cola, which ships over 6,000 containers all over the country every year, has reduced the number of delivery trips between the Port of Mani and its plant in Laguna through inter-terminal cargo transfers service between Manila North Harbor (NorthPort) and Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), both controlled by International Container Terminal Services Inc.

Through the inter-terminal transfer, Coca-Cola’s import shipments are transferred from container vans to trucks bound for Laguna.

Deliveries from the plants are then sent back to Manila through the same mode and processed for domestic shipping to distributors in the Visayas and Mindanao regions at the port hub.

In addition to leasing a container freight station warehouse, NorthPort also offers Coca-Cola readily available container storage along with other allied port services.

CCBPI president and CEO Gareth McGeown said: “We source them from Sta. Rosa in the North and then we ship them to Visayas and Mindanao through Manila Bay. Therefore, we decided that this would be a wonderful time and a wonderful opportunity to launch this mega Manila hub for CCBPI.”

The mega Manila port hub is part of Coca-Cola’s $63 million investment to expand Luzon operations in 2021.

During the recent inauguration of the mega-hub, ICTSI EVP Christian R. Gonzalez said the firm was grateful for the opportunity to offer a value-adding service to one of the country’s largest and most admired companies.

“We are excited to demonstrate the enhanced synergies and competencies to be had from inter-terminal cargo transfers, which we are sure will further affect time and cost savings for all parties,” said Gonzalez in a statement.

Gonzalez said the ITT would also benefit commuters and the environment through 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 fewer carbon emissions – an added benefit for multiple stakeholders,” said Gonzalez.

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