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With the inventory of imported reefer boxes growing day-by-day at its yard, Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL), one of the two private terminals operating inside the Chennai Port and operated by PSA Singapore, has announced certain restrictions on export reefer boxes.
According to trade sources, CITPL in a communication to the EXIM fraternity has said that the average dwell days of reefer has gone up from 4 days to over 12 days in the recent weeks, hence, the terminal decided to accept Export Reefers for direct loading only.
In a discreet direction to the exporters of perishable goods like sea-foods and other agricultural commodities, CITPL said that all Export Reefer Containers will be on Hook Point Loading only.
Besides, the communication also said that “It will be only a temporary arrangement and shall be in force with immediate effect for next few weeks or until the normalization of reefer inventory at the container yard after which the situation will be reviewed.”
Furthermore, the terminal operator also instructed the transporters to load the Reefer Containers with Generator Set only.
According to sources, though there is a sudden surge in the import reefers via CITPL, same has not been the case of reefer deliveries and the mismatch has caused increased reefer inventory in their reefer yard.
Terminal has exhausted all the options like moving under enbloc to CFS and the entire terminal resources are put under severe pressure, the communication for trade further added.
The terminal operator also urged all the customers to speed up their evacuation of reefer imports so that sufficient space is created to receive incoming reefer traffic.