With Nepal trade opening a second
outlet Port in Visakhapatnam deep South recently to ensure speedy movement of
cargo to the landlocked mountain state, the Kolkata port and Haldia Dock Complex
(HDC) are vying with each offering concessions in a bid to attract them back to
Nepal depended solely on Haldia dock complex and Kolkata port to getting
the entire cargo for the country but faced lot of problems like delays in the port
both in cargo handling and movement to Nepal. The Mountain state therefore
decided to open a second outlet port at Visakhapatnam late last year in an
effort to ensure speedy movement of cargo.
Hurt by this development, the Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) under Kolkata Port
Trust (KoPT) has offered several sops for movement of more containers to Nepal.
At a meeting held recently between the Port administration officials of Nepal
Consul General, the trade bodies in the neighbouring country were urged to make
use of the concessions being provided.
According to Haldia Dock and Kolkata Port authorities, Containers moving by
road to Nepal are being allowed 10 free days and those being carried by rail
are being allowed 20 free days.
In addition to this, concessional box rates for haulage and terminal
charges are being offered. "Yet, adequate movement of Nepal-bound
container traffic through HDC is not taking place. The Port administration
requested traders in Nepal to take advantage of the situation and save both cost
The Haldia dock complex levied high charges on handling containers and
caused delay in their movement and suggested that representatives of Nepal
trade explore the options available at HDC.
The Container Corporation of India has also announced promotional schemes
to woo back the Nepal bound trade to Haldia dock complex. The company has
reduced the tariff for movement of containers from Haldia to Birgunj and back.
The Corporation has also offered to carry an additional 60 TEUs from Haldia
without levying additional freight.