Inside Trinidad and Tobago’s Logistics Landscape
Trinidad and Tobago’s geographical location at the southernmost end of the Caribbean islands positions it as a gateway to the Caribbean Community and North America. Its central location provides direct access to distribution markets in South, Central and North America. Commercial space is available in close proximity to international shipping ports that meet the needs for easy access to distribution points. Organizations can benefit from the ability to refine and streamline their supply chain offering. Setting up Third-Party Logistics here will enable businesses to benefit from efficient access to goods and services, provide ready access to international markets, decreased costs in terms of inputs and transportation as well as cost-effective, quick delivery to customers locally and regionally.Some of the key advantages include:
- Location - The island is based at the southernmost point of the Caribbean archipelago with direct access to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
- Upfront investment costs - Results in lower costs charged by vendors and result in tighter inventory controls and lower distribution costs.
- Low electricity rates - Trinidad and Tobago has the lowest electricity rate in LAC.
- Market access - As a CARICOM member, this will offer market access to 17mn with bilateral trade agreements providing businesses with access to an additional export market of around 984 million consumers.
- Infrastructure - Trinidad and Tobago is renowned as the second most developed road network in the Caribbean and recognised as the third-best for port capacity in the English-speaking Caribbean.
According to recent reports on the logistics industry, global market size is an anticipated US$1.1bn with a CAGR of 2.7 per cent - 7 per cent expected for the five-year period up to 2022. This growth in market size is attributed to the considerable growth in the e-commerce sector, fueled by increased penetration of high-speed internet and a rise in popularity towards online shopping. The reopening of borders worldwide is thought to see an increase in shipping and logistical activities.
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from the supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected to eradicate 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.