Direct Port Entry (DPE) facility at VO Chidambaranar port, spread over 18,357 sqm, and developed under the Sagarmala project was inaugurated by Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C). The DPE would facilitate the movement of containers directly from factories, without any intermediate handling at CFS. It can handle 18000 TEUs per month and it will facilitate shippers to get their factory stuffed exports directly to the container terminal round the clock.
While inaugurating the DPE, Mandaviya said, “A significant step towards increasing cargo velocity while reducing logistics cost, the DPE will help increase the ease of doing business while lowering tariff cost and improving the competitiveness of shippers in international trade.” Dr Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping added, our ports are now enabled with IT infrastructure which makes them world-class, aligning Maritime Vision 2030 of the shipping ministry.
The DPE facility enables export clearance of e-sealed containers 24×7 resulting in cost-effective export. The port also entered into an MoU with Central Warehousing Corporation for operating the facility for thirty years. It was also approved by the customs department. Arun Kumar Shrivastava, MD, Central Warehousing Corporation, and T. K. Ramachandran, Chairman of VO Chidambaranar Port Trust along with other officials of Central Warehousing Corporation also joined the virtual inauguration ceremony.