APM Terminals is is shifting its commercial strategy to focus more on inland services. By investing in the development of more direct and closer business relationships with beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) the company can offer more value-added services beyond the terminal gate.
The shift in strategy will result in more investment in people, products, facilities, and technologies to improve inland services such as distribution from ports to consumer markets, storage, and container stuffing and consolidation. Improving processes at the terminal gate to better integrate the port infrastructure with the supply chains of importers and exporters is also part of the effort.
APM Terminals is divesting its majority shareholding in its Zeebrugge operation in Belgium to COSCO Shipping Ports in a deal that closed in early November 2017. The company currently operates 76 container terminals across the globe. Its largest footprint is in Asia, where it has 20 operating facilities.