Objectives of the session
The objective of the session was to bring together representatives of stakeholder groups to
identify the main impediments to regional connectivity and discuss practical solutions to removing
these barriers hindering the region's competitiveness
Key messages from the panel to CGF participants
Investing in human resources and building the capacity of personnel working in logistics
Increasing utilization rates / efficiency factors at ports should take precedent over physical
Promoting better use of schooner vessels and inter-island small craft feeder services for interisland connecting routes will be necessary to complement the large-tier services from
transshipment and the secondary tier direct services to/from Miami and other large regional hubs.
Key messages from the CGF participants to the panel
We must also focus on the in-land portion of the logistics bottlenecks (not just the maritime leg),
including cold storage, road quality and congestion, links between ports and processing zones.
We cannot forget to support and strengthen the "soft" side of the logistics business, including
services such as trucking (what is the state of the trucking industry? how competitive is it?);
freight forwarding and consolidating; warehousing and inventory management; customs
clearance and brokerage; SPS regulations and inspections (which must be harmonized).
The shipping business goes hand-in-hand with the aviation business. We should look at the use
of air carrier belly space for cargo, the facilities, services and regulations that support that
business as a growing and important complement to ocean freight.