APM Terminals (APMT) on Nov. 24 inaugurated a new inland container depot and supply chain solutions facility that’s designed to serve one of India’s fastest-growing hubs for industrial development and manufacturing, the terminal operator arm of Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk Group said in a statement.
The new facility, located in the Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, is 150 kilometers (93 miles) inland from Mumbai. It is over 12 acres in area and can handle more than 60,000 containers annually, according to APMT.
“We have worked closely with our customers to accommodate Pune’s significant flow of imports and exports and we can help keep the supply chain simple, cost-effective and efficient,” APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia Managing Director Ajit Venkataraman explained in a prepared statement.
Services offered at the facility include customs clearance, bonded and non-bonded warehousing, empty container acceptance, transportation solutions and container repairs which are typically offered near ports. Regional industries and manufacturing will benefit from the local services, APMT said.
“This inland container depot and integrated solutions facility is an example of how we can enable our customers to be even more efficient and give their business a competitive advantage in the market,” A.P. Moller-Maersk CEO Soren Skou said. Skou attended the inauguration ceremony, APMT said, in order to highlight the importance of the facility and its link to the company’s vision as a global integrator of container logistics.
“Maersk Transport & Logistics is uniquely positioned to develop a one stop solution for all customers’ needs around container logistics,” Skou said.
APM Terminals has been a historical player and pioneer in India’s ports and inland services. Not only does it operate the largest container terminal serving the commercial and financial hub of Mumbai (APM Terminals Mumbai), but also the west coast gateway port of Pipavav (APM Terminals Pipavav), and APM Terminals Inland Services South Asia, which specializes in the inland movement of cargo through nine facilities in Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Dadri, Mundra, Pipavav, Pune and Tuticorin.
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