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Logistics By Number

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 5:00 AM

Compared to established logistics hubs such as Singapore, an island-state about the size of Hanover with a population of five million, Jamaica as not yet scratched the surface to compete with the number of containers that could pass through the island.

Singapore handles some 60 million passengers at its airport, its container terminal handles 32 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers, and handles about three million tonnes of air cargo annually.

Comparatively, Jamaica handles 1.7million TEUs and just about 10,000 tonnes of air cargo.

Dubai's airport handles almost 60 million passengers annually. Dubai has a population of about 2.5 million people, less than Jamaica's populace of 2.7 million.

Rotterdam has the largest commodity port in the world, handling almost 600 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Head of the Jamaica Logistics Hub Task Force, Dr Eric Deans, has said that this is the scope that Jamaica is aiming for in its quest to becoming the next big hub in the global logistics chain.

"So when we talk about becoming the fourth node, it's of that scale that we are talking about ... . That is the level of investment that we are seeking to attract," he stated.

"The same investors that built those three hubs are seeking to direct their investments to Jamaica," Dean said.