Jamaica project targets air cargo

Jamaica project targets air cargo

Jamaica next month will begin construction on a US$3.2 million cargo warehouse at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The new facility, replacing the Queen's Warehouse that burned in 1999, will have 30,000 square-feet of storage space. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2005.

The new warehouse will consolidate under one roof Customs functions now done at four separate locations near the airport, streamlining clearance and payment of duties.

"This initiative is intended to substantially expand and improve the physical facilities associated with the cargo business at the NMIA," Robert Pickersgill, transport minister, said in an interview with the Observer. "The current space was insufficient for their operational needs."

The government wants to take advantage of air cargo's global growth, and position Jamaica as a mid-way point for shipments to and from Latin America.