V.O. Chidambaranar Port,
Tuticorin received the inaugural consignment of 80 TEUs of e-sealed
Export Containers from Dalmia Cements, Tiruchirapalliby rail on June 16th
providing end to end service from the cement plant to Colombo port. The
strategic priority of the port is to increase the volume of traffic moved
through rail which is both cost saving besides reducing the congestion in the
roads. The port situated near the land’s end has handled 1.3 lakh tons of
cement in the last financial year.
The unloading of the Containers
were inaugurated by Deputh Chairman of the Port N. Vaiyapuri, and Mr S.
Sivakumar, Additional Commissioner, Customs, Tuticorin. Officials of CONCOR,
Dalmia Cements, Terminal Operators and officials of the Port participated in
the inaugural function organized at the Port.
Dalmia Cements, Thiruchirapalli
has proposed to Export around 9,400 TEUs per annum to Sri Lanka through V.O.
Chidambaranar Port through the newly introduced rail service.
Earlier, Cement exported by
Dalmia Cements, Thiruchirapalli through V.O. Chidambaranar Port arrived at the
Port by Road. During the last financial year, Dalmia Cements have handled
around 2400 TEUs of Containers through V.O. Chidambaranar Port and the newly
introduced rail service by CONCOR will facilitate additional volume of around
7000 TUEs of Containers.
The export e-sealed containers,
on arrival to the Port by rail shall be off loaded in the area behind Transit
sheds I & II. Upon production of Shipping Bills for export, the Customs
will verify the details of the container with the RFID reader. After complying
with all mandatory verification requirements, ‘Let Export Order’ (LEO) shall be
issued by the Customs Department.
Mr N.Vaiyapuri, Deputy
Chairman, while addressing the gathering stated that the ‘vision to offer
customers a seamless end-to-end service resonates with our drive for higher
standards of service and flexibility for our customers’. He also stated that
the strategic priority of V.O. Chidambaranar Port is to increase the volume of
containers moved by rail to and from the port.
During the last financial year,
the Port has handled approximately 1.3 Lakh Tons of Cement and during the
current financial year up to June 2018, the Port has handled approximately
30,000 Tons of Cement by General Cargo vessels.
One of the major advantages
that rail offers is reduced traffic congestion on roads, assisting in reducing
environmental and social impacts. Greater fuel efficiency is another
factor in rail’s favour. The volumes moved by rail also reduce congestion at