Friday, November 29, 2013

CCHAA delegation visits L&T’s KICT

Source: http://www.sagarsandesh.com/news/cchaa-delegation-visits-l-ts-kict/

A group of over 20 members from Chennai Custom House Agents’ Association (CCHAA) visited L & T’s Kattupalli International Container Terminal (KICT) at Kattupalli on Nov 27.
Led by CCHAA President P. S. Krishnan and its Secretary G. D. Sigamani, the team, which entered the terminal premises in the morning, left  KICT by evening after visiting all the the facilities.
Speaking to Sagar Sandesh, Mr. Krishnan said: “On the invitation of KICT Kattupalli authorities, we have visited the terminal along with top office-bearers of the association.” 
It was a wonderful visit to the new port facility promoted by L & T near Chennai Port with container handling capacity and the terminal representatives clarified all the doubts raised by the visiting Custom House Agents on the advantages of using it for EXIM business,” he added.

To a question about the prospects of KICT for Chennai EXIM fraternity, Mr. Krishnan replied: “KICT, which has all the modern and latest equipment for handling containers, will become a good substitute port for Chennai Port, which is reeling under perennial congestion problem.”

But the success of the port solely depends upon the decision of steamer agents, who has a say on which port a container vessel has to call, Mr. Krishnan added. He also said that the terminal visit has helped the CCHAA office-bearers to understand the facility better and hoped that the port could attract more and more regular services in coming months.
It may be noted here that KICT now has regular THAILAND CHENNAI EXPRESS SERVICE (TCX) service, giving connectivity with Port Klang and Laem Chabang for Chennai EXIM fraternity.
Furthermore, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) vessel Hyundai Highway made a trial call at KICT in September last.
Besides, representatives of MCCI and a few other organizations had also visited the terminal facility in the last few months and lauded the KICT authorities for their readiness in providing one more opportunity for export and import of containers.

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