The Central Warehousing Corporation has started a new inland container depot at Kannur to handle exim containers in the nearby areas.
CWC is operating 37 CFSs/ICDs and air cargo complexes in the country.
The ICD Kannur will be the 38th unit catering to exim container clearance facilities.
According to CWC officials, the functioning of an ICD in Malabar area would help the local importers and exporters in completing their import export formalities at Kannur itself without going to any gateway port.
The Kannur facility, set up at an investment of Rs 4 crore, is capable of handling more than 3,000 TEUs a year.
There are two godowns with 1,825 tonnes capacity each.
The total area of the ICD is 4.84 acres with an open container yard, which is having an area of 2,500 sq metres.
There is also a provision for expansion of the capacity depending on the need and increase in demand, the officials said.
ICD Kannur will be providing facilities such as transportation of loaded/empty containers to and from the gateway ports, stuffing/de-stuffing, customs examination and delivery.
CWC in Kerala operates 12 warehouses with a capacity of 1.46 lakh tonnes.
The major commodities that are stored in the region are food grains, industrial goods, FMCG consumer durables and rubber.
It also operates temperature-controlled warehouse at Vandanmedu in Idukki for storage of cardamom and pepper.
Referring to future plans, the officials said that CWC plans to expand its capacity in the state by adding 5,000 tonnes each at Kakkanchery in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. A capacity of 10,000 tonnes is already under construction at Kunnamthanam in Pathanamthitta, which is likely to be ready by October.
There are also plans to create a new facility at Purakkad in Alappuzha with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes. The state government has already handed over land for the facility.
CWC is also going to finalise arrangement with the public sector FACT to set up a container freight station at Udyogamandal in Kochi to serve users of ICTT, Vallarpadam, the officials added.