Lambert Airport commission ok’s cargo facility
A newly-launched logistics venture, which will create an international gateway at Lambert St. Louis International Airport, aims to focus on trade between Mexico and the US.
June 5, 2015
A newly-launched logistics venture, which will create an international gateway at Lambert St. Louis International Airport, aims to focus on trade between Mexico and the US. The Bi-National Gateway Terminal has taken a 20-year lease on a 19.8 hectare site on the edge of one of the airport’s four runways, where it will construct a major cargo handling facility.
Bi-National Cargo Terminal plans to begin construction by the summer of 2015, and is expected to complete phase 1 within 30 months. The facility will consist of 46,450 sqm of terminal, and 92,900 sqm of cargo ramp and support infrastructure for airlines using the facility. On completion, the new terminal will serve multimodal cargo needs and be equipped to handle perishables, live animals, high value shipments, express and general cargo with an initial focus on Mexico and Latin America.
The trade relationship between the US and Mexico is constantly expanding and the aim of the new facility is to provide a solution to the traditional delays and congestion experienced by importers and exporters, the airport said.
Ricardo Nicolopulos, founder and president of Bi-National Cargo Terminal, said: “In addition to developing the new terminal facilities, we are working closely with the Mexican authorities to introduce fast–track pre-clearance and security functions for exports from the USA. “Once approved, this pre-clearance system will expedite import traffic into Mexico. Eventually, however, it will also enable Mexico to export by air in a more reliable and efficient manner that will enhance the country’s position as a trade partner for the world.”