pilot programs launched this month at Vancouver and Delta container
ports aim to increase trucking productivity and efficiency.
As of June 1, truck appointments with Global Container
Terminals Canada (GCT Canada) will be $35 at all hours, down from $50.
The program will run at GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm until December 31,
In Delta, container truck operators will no longer be
required to enter an appointment number upon arrival at the vehicle
access gate. The change eliminates a redundant step in the arrival
process and will speed up truck turn times, which GCT Canada says are
already at industry-leading lows.
“By piloting this next iteration in our reservation
system, we are responding to the drayage community’s request to increase
operational flexibility, and seek to eliminate bunching at the start of
night gate shifts caused previously by the differentiated rates,”
stated GCT Canada president Eric Waltz in a news release.
Both pilot programs follow extensive consultation with a
number of stakeholders to help improve gateway efficiency, and boost
productivity in drayage – the transport of goods over a short distance.
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