APM Terminals Inland Services to start Kochi container freight station

2012 03 06

APM Terminals Inland Services (APMTS) and Kerala state-owned MIV Logistics have signed an agreement for a container freight station in Kochi at Vallarpadam covering 18 acres with an annual capacity of 100,000 TEU in 2013.

APMTS managing director Subhasis Ghosh signed the memorandum of understanding at Hotel Le Meridien in Kochi on the part of the Maersk-owned subsidiary and T Balakrishnan, managing director of INKEL and chairman MIV, in the presence of Cochin Port Trust officials.

Said Mr. Ghosh: "After the success of our fourth CFS in India in Chennai, which won the CFS of the Year award, we are delighted to be in Kochi to facilitate the growth of export import trade here."

Vallarpadam port in Kochi is said to be emerging as a gateway port for India's foreign trade. "Non availability of sufficient high quality inland container logistics infrastructure is seen as one of the deterrents to growth of exim trade in Kerala," said the APMTS statement.

Said Joseph Sandiav, APMTS container freight station chief: "Coming to Kochi, we are getting world-class container freight stations, providing customer services that will ensure easy access to efficient container logistics and compliance with international norms of safety, security and health at one go."

APMTS South Asia runs seven container freight stations with a total bonded yard area of 3.3 million square feet, empty depots in more than 10 locations, with dry and reefer repair workshops and a trucking fleet to manage shunts and primary transport. The company also caters to Pakistan and Sri Lanka shippers and has a dedicated team of over 280 staff.

Hague-based APM Terminals operates 63 maritime and 150 inland container handling facilities in 46 countries.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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