Jamaica’s strategic location in the Caribbean West Indies, and the fact that it is situated on a natural harbour, makes this terminal’s core business container transhipment. It is considered the main gateway for containerized cargo.
Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL), a subsidiary of CMA CGM, is responsible for the development, maintenance and operation of the Kingston Container Terminal, through a 30-year concession arrangement between the Government of Jamaica and CMA CGM which commenced on 1st July 2016.
The terminal seeks to capitalize on the many opportunities available, particularly those afforded by its ideal location, 32 nautical miles off the main trade route coming out of the Panama Canal. With the growing demand for a transhipment hub capable of servicing the larger vessels to be accommodated by the newly expanded canal, KFTL’s place in the market will be solidified with the current improvements to its infrastructure. These improvements include the widening and deepening of the Kingston Harbour access channel, the turning circle and the terminal basin, to accommodate vessels with a draft of up to 15.5 meters. Additionally, the improvements will facilitate the strengthening of the quay wall, thereby allowing the quay to accommodate the larger and heavier ship-to-shore cranes to serve these larger mother vessels.
Shipping lines connecting at KFTL will benefit from increased capability, to take advantage of easy and convenient access to markets in Europe, Asia and America, thus providing a more diverse product to their customers.
90% of the cargo that arrives through this terminal is considered for transhipment and 10% considered as domestic.
Port website: http://www.kftl-jm.com/
Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
KINGSTON FREEPORT TERMINAL LIMITED
Managing Company or Port Authority
KINGSTON FREEPORT TERMINAL LIMITED
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
NORMAN MANLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
DELTA, JETBLUE, CARRIBEAN AIRLINES, AMERICAN AIRLINES, SPRINT AIRLINES, FLY JAMAICA, AIR CANADA, COPA, UNITED, BRITISH AIRWAYS, CAYMAN AIRWAYS
Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, (the area bordered in yellow), consists of three terminals: the North, South and West Terminals.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Jamaica Port and Waterways Companies Contact Lists
Since July 2016, KFTL has taken many significant steps to increase the availability of equipment and improve the efficiency of its internal operations. This has contributed to a significant increase in berth productivity and a decrease in average truck turn-around time, to below 30 minutes.
Efficiency is expected to further increase with the deepening of the channel and turning basin. The current draft of 13.5m is expected within the first phase of upgrades to increase to 14.7m to accommodate 14,000 TEU vessels. This will enable the port to accommodate vessels of up 14,000 TEUs. The second phase involves dredging to a depth that will accommodate vessels of 15.5m draft which will enable the port to accommodate fully laden 14,000 TEU vessels.
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2016
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016
Break bulk (mt)
Discharge or loading of domestic full containers
Discharge or loading of domestic empty containers
Discharge or loading of domestic OOG containers - A
Discharge or loading of domestic OOG containers - B
Discharge or loading of transhipment full containers
Discharge or loading of transhipment empty containers
Discharge or loading of transhipment OOG containers - A
Discharge or loading of transhipment OOG containers - B
Discharge or loading of hatch covers
Note: The discharge/load charges include a single cycle movement from ship to stack for the discharge cycle and from stack to ship on the load cycle.
Any additional crane lift required by the line must be made formally in writing and such movements are chargeable as per above rates.
At Line/Agent request on terminal – full or empty
At Line/Agent request off terminal – full or empty
Handling of empty containers for export collections
The use of the terminal’s reefer plugs/electrical outlets will attract a charge for electricity usage.
The charge is applied per day or parts thereof, per unit, commencing on the day of discharge (all days of the week included), and the day commences at 07:00 hours.
PER CONTAINER US$
Local cargo (Consignee account) per day
Transshipment cargo (Line account) per day
Pre-Trip inspection (PTI)
Fuel/Electricity Surcharge per day per unit
Note: These charges are in addition to the appropriate container handling charge and storage. Work orders must be completed for any request for movement of reefer cargo, and will be carried out as per such request at additional costs (see rate for shifting).
a. Stripping means unloading cargo from a container
b. Stuffing means loading cargo into a container
c. The act of stripping or stuffing includes checking, removing/attaching relevant seals and labels and the usage of specified labour and equipment (securing material to be supplied by the shipping company).
PER TEU/FEU/HC (US$)
Stripping / Stuffing (TEU)
Stripping / Stuffing (FEU)
Stripping / Stuffing > FEU
Reconsolidation of cargo (TEU)
Reconsolidation of cargo (FEU)
Reconsolidation of cargo > FEU
Type of Berth
Port equipment is owned and operated by KFTL.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
Containers are stored in the container yard which is approximately 100 hectares in size. Refrigerated containers are stored in one of the two reefer areas on the terminal, and non-refrigerated units (dry vans) are stored in areas dependent on whether they are for transhipment or the domestic market.
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
Customs officers are stationed at the port and their main function is to protect government revenue and facilitate border control.
Processing of documents is immediate, providing that all required documentation is received. In an effort to achieve optimum efficiency in the clearance process it is recommended that importers provide timely and accurate information relating to movement of goods.
For more information on customs in Jamaica, please see the following link: 1.3 Jamaica Customs Information
Number of Storage Facilities
KFTL performs all stevedoring activities which consist of the loading and unloading of ships and the performance of various tasks required when the vessel is in port, including lashing and unlashing of cargo.
Goods are transported out of the port by trucks. Most trucking companies are members of the Port Trailer Haulage Association (PTHA) and all trucking companies operating at the port must be registered with the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ). There are also vessels that depart Kingston and travel coastwise to the north (Montego Bay) that transport cargo to that region of the island.
Contact numbers: PTHA (876) 757-8717; SAJ (876) 923-3491.
KFTL operates a hybrid security system consisting of a proprietary security team which works with various arms of local and international law enforcement, as well as private contractors.
There is a strong safety culture in which persons working on the facility are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times (safety vests, gloves, goggles, safety shoes, etc.). There is constant training and a safety induction system for both staff and contractors/visitors to the terminal.
Current ISPS Level
Yes (Marine Police)
Yes (York Park Fire Station)