Container freight station to get aboost from Vallarpadam terminal

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on February 25, 2011

Aiding trade: The Kerala Minister for Industries, Mr Elamaram Kareem, inaugurating the Cochin International Container Freight Station of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd, at Kalamassery on Friday. — Photo: Vipin Chandran

The State Industries Minister, Mr Elamaram Kareem, on Friday inaugurated the first phase of the Cochin International Container Freight Station set up by the Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd at Eloor near here.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the industrial developments taking place in the State of late, which are expected to transform Kerala into major destination. The Government has taken up various initiatives for industrial development with the involvement of people. He expressed the hope that the newly opened Vallarpadam terminal will offer tremendous opportunities for the freight station in carrying out warehousing business.

Two phases

The first phase of the facility, set up at an investment of Rs 47crore, will have 16,000 sq ft import customs bonded cargo handling centre and a container complex to stack 1,000 containers. In the second phase, additional one lakh sq ft facility for export cargo handling centre will be added. The Freight Station also has Customs bonded warehousing facility of over 80,000 sq ft to manage export and import operations.

All modern facilities are being incorporated for security and smooth operations of the freight station in compliance with international standards. The Cochin International Container Freight Station will play a major role in catering to the needs of the newly opened international container terminal at Vallarpadam by providing various services for the global shipping requirements, the officials said.

Published on February 25, 2011

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