Port Centric Logistics

Port centric logistics is the process of optimising the unloading, storing and distributing of cargo. In an increasingly pressurised environment where end-to-end considerations grow in importance, an awareness of port centric logistics is the precursor to acquiring business in the future. Port centric logistics always means that instead of incurring costs to bring containers to inland depots, a port centric solution means reduced costs, a more efficient supply chain, reduced carbon footprint and cost-effective logistics and distribution.


Multilateral Gains

  • Provides a flexible choice when goods arrive – giving shippers the option to intercept the container goods at the earliest possible moment
  • Reduces empty container movements – no need to transport the container inland and return it empty (wasted mileage)
  • Lower container handling/demurrage costs – avoids potential delays, stress and “resource hungry” of live tipping of loose containers at inland NDC/RDC
  • Increases weights per container from origin – if a container is devanned “on port”, there is the option to increase weights beyond road limits
  • Control/buffer to NDC and RDC networks – offers the flexibility to split container loads and feed into or bypass the inland warehouses on demand
  • Improves delivery certainty/stock visibility – earliest possible visibility of stock for immediate call off and improved lead times direct to store or end customers
  • Reduces inland transport costs – improves backload opportunities for inland deliveries/collections using standard tautliner or double-deck trailers
  • Opens value adding opportunities – creates the potential to perform added value activities (labelling, QA, pallet re-work) as soon as cargo has landed to suit end customer
  • Lowers total costs across the supply chain – removes inland container haulage leg, efficient palletisation and direct deliveries to end customer / regional platform
  • Improves environmental sustainability – reduces empty running costs: moving the goods, rather than the container