Caribbean Airlines Cargo and the Jamaica Manufacturers & Exporters Association (JMEA) have recently entered into a partnership, to support and boost local exports.
Caribbean Airlines Cargo facilitates the movement of general, perishable and other types of cargo throughout the Caribbean and cities around the globe; and JMEA is the leading industry association in Jamaica that represents and supports exporters, manufacturers, service providers, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s) through advocacy, strategic partnerships, export services, research, capacity building and access to finance.
As part of the agreement, JMEA members will benefit from special Caribbean Airlines Cargo discounts. The airline accepts payment in Jamaican Dollars, provides cargo insurance services and offers a cargo loyalty programme.
Commenting on the partnership, Caribbean Airline’s Head of Corporate Communications, Dionne Ligoure stated: “Caribbean Airlines Cargo is committed to promoting the growth and development of trade in the region. This partnership is a tangible demonstration of this intent. Throughout the pandemic, our cargo operations continued and we adjusted our air freight capacity to meet increasing demand. As global trade re-opens and normalizes, Caribbean Airlines will maintain and adjust its model to facilitate the movement of goods to and from Jamaica and throughout the region.”
The exploration of air freight routes currently underserved by the regional cargo industry will be one of the key areas of focus under the partnership; as access to new global markets will open opportunities for exporters and importers in Jamaica to economic benefits.
For her part, Executive Director, Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association Simara Howel said the JMEA is cognizant of the role exports play as a tool for economic growth, especially in light of the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Shipping and Logistics solutions are a critical supportive component in ensuring that local manufacturers and exporters are able to penetrate new markets in a timely and efficient manner, she noted.
“The JMEA remains committed to forming and strengthening strategic partnerships like this Caribbean Airlines agreement that will bring valuable solutions to our nation’s MSMEs whilst reducing barriers to trade.”
Caribbean Airlines Cargo provides connectivity to the Caribbean, North America and several destinations worldwide, using its extensive interline network. Through its team of experts including air cargo professionals with decades of industry experience, the airline efficiently transports general, temperature-controlled, over-sized cargo and other shipments globally.