JNPT in Maharashtra and ports in Gujarat are not only natural gateway for
the cargo from hindi hearland states and Punjab but even shippers from the
distant far eastern India have made a bee line to the ports in the west coast
due to world class railway facilities developed by the Railways that
facilitates rapid movement of cargo.
The Inland container depot Durgapur has emerged as a feasible option for
exporters from the far eastern states like West Bengal Assam who wish to move
their cargo from eastern India to Europe via JNPT. In this scenario, exporters
simply need to deliver their loose cargo to ICD Durgapur. The cargo is then
stuffed in containers and moves directly to JNPT using Customs seal. This
process enables direct entry to the gateway ports and helps exporters reduce
their compliance cost.
and space constraints in vessels a major challenge for exporters in eastern
Container shortage and space constraints in vessels have been a major
challenge for exporters in eastern India. Moreover, the lack of sufficient
Europe-bound vessels in Kolkata and Haldia ports has further compounded the
problems. As a result, exporters in the region have been facing issues with
regard to timely completion of their international orders.
A feasible alternative of exporting cargo through JNPT (Mumbai) was
explored. However, export movement directly through JNPT becomes a cumbersome
job for exporters based in eastern India who have to transport their loose
cargo all the way to the Mumbai region.
Considering this situation, ICD Durgapur is owned and managed by Allied ICD
Services Ltd (AISL). Ms Anusree Sen, Deputy General Manager of AISL, said, “.
Recently, AISL has executed seamless export movement of 35*40’ containers of
Graphite India Ltd via ICD Durgapur to JNPT. We are eager to provide similar
efficient services for all exporters in eastern India who wish to export
through any gateway port in India”.