GT USA welcomes Mercer Timber Products at Canaveral Cargo Terminal
GT USA, the US arm of UAE-based Gulftainer, recently received its first shipment from Mercer Timber Products LLC (Mercer International Inc.), a global forest products company with operations in Germany, the United States and Canada.
The consignment from the premier producer of commodity pulp and lumber included 6,000 cubic meters or 1,300 bundles of softwood lumber, delivered to the Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) at Port Canaveral in Florida, USA.
The breakbulk shipment of lumber varied in length, width and thickness. As part of its services to Mercer, GT USA is also assisting with the storage and inventory of the lumber at the terminal and the loading onto flatbed trucks for delivery inland.
GT USA marked the inaugural vessel call from Mercer with a special ceremony, where Terminal Manager, Luke Richards, honoured Captain Ma Fei of the Ultrabulk vessel VIGOR SW with a commemorative plaque.
Speaking on the occasion, Peter Richards, Group CEO of Gulftainer, said: “Mercer Timber Products is one of the leading producers of lumber worldwide with a strong presence in the US. We are delighted to welcome the company to the Canaveral Cargo Terminal to benefit from our full range of services, from ship-to-shore transfer to storage and logistical support. This vessel call is a strong testament to our superior service offerings and reinforces the trust we have built among our partners and customers as a global port operator of choice.”
He added: “While we primarily handle container shipments at CCT, our goal is to meet varied client needs through providing versatile cargo-handling and warehousing solutions. As part of our sustained growth journey, we continually endeavour to develop these capabilities organically at the terminal, allowing us to create shared value for our customers.”
The US market, including the Central Florida region, has witnessed rising demand for lumber in recent years, driving an upsurge in lumber imports. With plans underway for Mercer to increase its annual lumber production, shipments to Port Canaveral are expected to continue on a regular basis.