Jamaica, Laparkan in logistics talks

MIAMI – A team from the Consulate of Jamaica in Miami, Florida headed by Consul General Franz Hall has had wide-ranging discussions with top executives of Laparkan Trading headed by Chairman Glen Khan on issues of cargo and port security, Customs procedures and barriers to trade including the importation into Florida of agricultural produce from the Caribbean.

The discussions took place last Friday when a team from the Jamaica Consulate visited Laparkan’s Corporate Office and main warehouse for a working lunch with Laparkan senior executives. The Consul General and team, which included Deputy Consul General Mr. Dale Jones and Community Affairs/Information Attache Cheryl Wynter, also toured Laparkan’s 166, 000 square foot warehouse. Also participating the discussions were president of the Jamaica/USA Chamber of Commerce Ms. Marie Gill and the Jamaica Diaspora south Florida representative Rev. Horace Ward.

Laparkan’s future plans to introduce air cargo service to Jamaica and to use Jamaica as a hub for the reconsolidation and transport of ocean cargo from the US destined to the smaller countries of the Caribbean region were also discussed and some constraints identified which will be followed up with the Jamaican government.

In welcoming the Jamaican Consul General and team to Laparkan Chairman Glen Khan spoke of the business his company receives from the Jamaican communities across the US and Canada and pointed out that “we are working to increase our market share.” Jamaica, he said, remains a key market.

The Consul General in reply acknowledged the relationship between Laparkan and the Jamaican community including the Consulate and thanked Laparkan for its support of community efforts and its service to Jamaica.

“The continued success and growth of Laparkan serves as a shining example of what Caribbean businesses can achieve, through vision and dedication. That your company is also a good corporate citizen is worthy of commendation. In particular, the role of Laparkan in assisting during times of natural disasters in the Caribbean is an activity that redounds to the benefit of all affected parties, the Consul General said.

Laparkan marketing executive and former West Indies world record holder for the most wickets in test cricket Lance Gibbs presented the visitors with an autographed Laparkan cricket ball—a replica of the one he bowled to claim his world record 309th test wicket.

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