Direct Port Entry (DPE) facility is a noteworthy step towards reducing the logistics cost and to increase the velocity of cargo for boosting ease of doing business, said Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya.
Inaugurating the DPE facility at the V. O. Chidambaranar Port in Thoothukudi through video conference on Tuesday, he said that DPE would help in increasing ease of doing business for exporters, as the facility would bring efficiency and reduce dwell time, lower tariff cost and improve the competitiveness of shipper in the international trade.
The state-of-the-art DPE facility would enable direct movement of containers from factories, without intermediate handling at any CFS, thus facilitating the shippers to Gate-In their factory stuffed exports directly to the Container Terminal on 24×7 basis. The facility is created in an area of 18,357 sq metres inside the Truck Parking Terminal for issuing customs clearance of export cargo – factory stuffed/e-sealed containers. It can handle 18000 TEUs per month. Indian Customs, through the Central Warehousing Corporation, will generate the Let Export Order (LEO) under a single roof without any hassle. A dedicated team of CWC and Customs officials, in association with VOC Port, will serve Tier-II, Tier-III (AEO) certified EXIM clients.
Earlier, the factory-stuffed (self-sealed) containers were taken to one of the container freight stations (CFSs) / Inland Container Depot (ICD) operating in Thoothukudi. The CFSs operate between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on working days only. Because of it, there was considerable delay in admitting the self-sealed export containers into the container terminals. The VOC Port developed the DPE facility to enable export clearance of factory-stuffed, e-sealed containers on a 24×7 basis resulting in faster and cost-effective export admittance. The port has signed a memorandum of understanding with Central Warehousing Corporation to operate the facility for 30 years and the Customs department has also approved the DPE facility.
Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, said that the IT-enabled infrastructure would definitely make Indian ports world-class ports, aligning the ‘Maritime Vision 2030’ of the Ministry of Shipping.