Kolkata port administration has announced a slew of concessions to both
road and rail bound containers for Nepal by extending 15 to 20 day stay at the
port premises free of cost in a bid to retain its business in the wake of
competition from the distant Visakhapatnam port.
The concessions come in the wake of successful rail transportation of
ninety containers from the distant Visakhapatnam port to Nepal last week. Nepal
has already declared Visakhapatnam as the second port of call for handling its
goods breaking the monopoly extended by the Mountain country to Kolkata and
At a meeting held at the Kolkata Port Trust Head Office on July 24, at the
request of Nepal Custom House Agentsí Association (NECHAA), a number of
measures were announced to facilitate Nepal trade.
The meeting was presided over by Deputy Chairman of Kolkata port Balaji
Arunkumar, and was attended by all major
lines serving the Nepal trade (APL, OOCL, Yang Ming, Samudera, PIL and others),
Chief General Manager ofr CONCOR Rathendra Raman, and several members of the
At the end of the meeting Deputy Chairman announced concessions to the
trade in a bid to retain the ports' business with Nepal. The concessions
All road-bound container imports will be granted 10-day rent-free period in
docks. Road-bound containers will also be allowed to stay in docks up to 15
days for direct delivery on payment of ground rent as per Scale of Rates.
All rail-bound container imports will continue to enjoy 20-day rent-free
period in docks.
The long-standing demand of the Nepal trade and NECHAA for 10-day rent-free
period was granted by the competent authority. The concessions were well
received by the trade according to a Port release
Kolkata Port Trust will continue to efficiently serve the Nepal trade while
being on the lookout for opportunities to further augment services.