APM Terminals has inaugurated its cold storage facility in Ponneri, South India, to ensure reliable transport of temperature controlled cargo.
In a first for the region, the facility will ensure reliable and stable transport of refrigerated cargo, including goods such as fish, fruits, medicines, and specialty chemicals, which require strict temperature control throughout the supply chain.
Spread over 10,000 square meters, the cold chain solutions facility will also offer customs clearance facilitation and proximity to the ports of Chennai, Ennore, Kattupalli and Krishnapattnam with round the clock accessibility.
APM Terminals' international and domestic import and export customers will benefit from plug-in facilities for cold warehousing, customs examination and clearance service under controlled temperature, value-added services like palletization and packaging, on-wheel customs seal verification, and bonded cargo movement to different seaports and airports.
An additional cold chain solutions facility, situated built nearby the container freight station, will also support its domestic use in Ponneri — one of the fastest growing suburbs of Chennai.
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Together with M. Ajit Kumar, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai Zone, government dignitaries and customers, Dries van Dongen, APM Terminals’ Global Head of Inland Services inaugurated the new service.
Van Dongen said: “India has seen an increasing demand for temperature and humidity controlled products especially frozen foods and pharmaceutical products for both domestic consumption as well as international export.
“In line with this trend, and backed by our strong experience in handling temperature controlled cargo, we’ve invested in not only offering global standards of cold chain solutions, but also offering export-import cold chain solutions within our container freight station, for the first time in South India.”
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Inauguration photo caption: Chief Guest and key dignitaries at the inauguration of APM Terminals Inland Services’ integrated Cold chain solutions facility at Chennai, India include left to right: Mr. Joseph Sandiav (South Region Head, APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.), Ms. Rajini S Menon (Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Chennai CFS), Chief Guest – Shri M. Ajit Kumar (Chief Commissioner Customs, Chennai Zone), Mr. Dries Van Dongen (Global Head of Inland Services, APM Terminals), Ms. Shanthy Gunasekaran (Deputy Drug Controller (I), South zone, Chennai office), Mr. Julian Bevis (Senior Director, Group Relations, South Asia, Maersk), Mr. Ajit Venkataraman (Managing Director, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia) and Mr. Vikaas Shinghal (Head of Cold Chain Division, APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.)