Located 32 nautical miles off the major shipping lanes of the Northern Caribbean and with Kingston Harbour being the 7th widest and deepest natural harbour, Jamaica has, for centuries been at the hub of Maritime activities in the Caribbean and Central American region.
In response to the growth in the use of containers as a means of transporting cargo and in the demand for container terminals, the Government of Jamaica, through the Port Authority, established the Kingston Container Terminal in 1975.
The terminal was developed to be used primarily as a transshipment hub, based on the mother and feeder vessel concept, and has been managed at various times by local as well as international terminal operators.
From 1995 to 1997 the rated throughput capacity was increased to 1.2 million TEUS, due to the expansion in berth and yard capacity at Gordon Cay.
2001 to 2009 saw a further expansion of the terminal, with the opening of the West Berth, bringing the capacity to 2.8 million TEU.
Over the years the Kingston Container Terminal grew to become one of the leading container terminals in the region, boasting consistently high performances in yard and berth productivity.
In April 2015 the Government of Jamaica, through the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and CMA CGM, concluded a 30 year Concession Agreement in which CMA CGM, through its subsidiary Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL), will develop, maintain and operate the terminal. On July 1, 2016 KFTL assumed control of the terminal.