Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) was established in 2015 in Kingston, Jamaica as the vehicle to be used in the execution of the terms of the 30-year Concession Agreement between the Government of Jamaica and CMA CGM. KFTL is responsible for the management and development of the Kingston Container Terminal. This involves the dredging of the access channel, turning and shipping basin, the expansion and improvement of the infrastructure, the upgrading of the ICT facilities and the acquisition and upgrading of the operating equipment.
KFTL was established in response to the demand by international shipping lines for a modern and competitive transshipment hub in the Central American and Caribbean region, which would allow them to service the important markets of the North and South American east coasts and facilitate the post-Panamax vessels that would be transiting the expanded Panama Canal.
KFTL assumed control of the facility on July 1, 2016, equipped with a cadre of management and staff with extensive local and international experience in the management and development of container terminals.
The proximity of Kingston to the markets of the Americas and its proximity to the Panama Canal made it a preferred location for KFTL. This was further enhanced by the high level of experience, training and motivation of the workforce on the terminal.
With the most strategic location for vessels exiting the Panama Canal, our proximity to the North American market and our partnership with all the major shipping lines, KFTL views the future with enthusiasm and a positive outlook.