Adani Kattupalli Port Private Ltd (AKPPL) ‘connects’ with EXIM Trade. AKPPL, a subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and operator, has organized their first trade meet ‘Konnect with Kattupalli’ in Chennai
Kattupalli: Giving the much-needed connectivity for the EXIM trade in the region, the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has commenced a new train service for import containers from Kattupalli Port to Inland Container Depot (ICD)Whitefield, Bengaluru, via CONCOR’s another ICD at Tondiarpet in Tamil Nadu on March 8. Rail freight transport from Kattupalli Port is gaining speed as state-owned intermodal logistics operator Container Corporation of India Ltd (CONCOR) introduced a new, regular train service from Kattupalli to Bangalore, a major southern inland point, via CONCOR’s Tondiarpet Inland Container Depot on the outskirts of Chennai, port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone said in a trade announcement.
According to a media statement, the first rake carrying 80 TEUs of import containers was flagged off from Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) ICD – Tondiarpet (TNPM) by Mr S. Balaji Arun Kumar, Sr. General Manager, CONCOR TNPM, Mr T.R.Venkateshwaran, General Manager (Commercial & Operations) ICD CONCOR, Capt C.V.Ramnath, Business Head, Adani Kattupalli Port , Mr Shahzad Athar , Associate General Manager, Adani Ports and Mr Rajkumar DGM , Adani Ports, and officials representing NYK, Evergreen, CMA CGM, ZIM.
The train service from ICD TNPM has been introduced to facilitate Shipping Lines to evacuate import containers to ICD Bengaluru in an efficient manner within a stipulated time in a seamless way. A similar movement will be shortly commenced for exports as well, a media statement from Adani Kattupalli Port Private Ltd (AKPPL), a subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) and who manages the Kattupalli Port, further added.
The CONCOR’s rail connectivity to evacuate containers from Kattupalli Port adds to APSEZ’s strategic importance with growing demand in hinterland activity with this timely addition to aid in providing congestion free solutions.
Kattupalli Port adds to APSEZ’s strategic importance given the growing demand in the hinterland. This timely addition will aid in providing congestion-free solutions, the release added.
The event witnessed an attendance of over 300 members from EXIM trade in the region. The esteemed guest list included Mr P K Das, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mr Mayank Kumar, Commissioner of Customs, Mr Samir J Shah, Chairman FFFAI, Mr J Krishnan, Member (GS) MCCI, Mr Raghu Sankar, Chairman (Shipping & Logistics Committee) SICCI, Mr K V V Giri, President, Chennai Custom House Agents Association (CCHAA), Mr M S Arun, Chairman, NACFS (Chennai Chapter), Mr Leeladharan, Chairman CHENSAA, Mr Rajashekar Chozha Naachiar, President, Tamil Chamber of Commerce (TCC) and Mr S Balaji Arun Kumar, Senior General Manager, CONCOR.
Also present were members of prominent shipping lines, NVOCC’s, Freight forwarders, Importers, Exporters, OEM’s, CFS’s, CHA’s and TOA’s.
During the trade meet, Kattupalli Port calls were announced, with Maersk line announcing complete shift of their west bound shuttle service from Chennai Port to Kattupalli. One of Kattupalli Port’s esteemed members, Shreyas Shipping and Logistics announced weekly call of their PIX2 service at Kattupalli commencing in April. With these developments, Kattupalli Port offers the Exim trade weekly connections to Far East, Middle East, Colombo, Europe and USA.
During the trade meet, a spokesperson of Adani Ports highlighted the location advantages of the port coupled with state-of-art infrastructural facilities and how the port can eliminate supply chain bottlenecks that has long been hampering the EXIM trade in this region