Port of Kolkata eyeing greater volume of business from Odisha – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: The Port of Kolkata is exploring opportunities to strengthen its partnership with Odisha seafood exporters to enhance its business volume in the region and its export operations. The port, known as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Trust (SMPK), together with Calcutta Customs House Agents’ Association (CCHAA) and Association Of Shipping Interest In Calcutta (ASIC) organized “Meet Odisha”, a meeting with traders and seafood export industry stakeholders here to understand the issues and problems they face and explore services to meet their needs.

Port authorities have urged traders in the state to use SMPK’s wharf infrastructure in Kolkata for reefer or reefer cargo ships to transport perishable goods like fruits and seafood. While around 2,000 containers of Odisha region have so far been shipped this year, the port plans to increase it to 6,000 in the current fiscal year.

SMPK’s logistics ecosystem, which includes Kolkata Dock System (KDS) and Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), is experienced in handling and moving bulk, breakbulk and containerized cargo. The port has an adequate storage area and a robust railway network that enables smooth cargo handling and shipment, SMPK Chairman Vinit Kumar said in his address to stakeholders.

While assuring stakeholders that their issues will be taken into account favourably, he announced a 15% discount on the cost of refrigeration power. “An additional discount will also be considered for the increase in export volume,” he said.

The president said that SMPK has stable sea links with the East, the Far East and Bangladesh. “The port has also linked Meghalaya and Tripura through Chittagong Port in Bangladesh to explore seafood export opportunities in the North East region,” he said.

SMPK officials said efforts are underway to make the port of Kolkata a model gateway for traders in Odisha. SMPK Vice President Samrat Rahi, CCHAA President Sudip Dey, Traffic Manager RS ​​Rajhans and members of UCCI and the Seafood Exporters Association were present.

BHUBANESWAR: The Port of Kolkata is exploring opportunities to strengthen its partnership with Odisha seafood exporters to enhance its business volume in the region and its export operations. The port, known as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Trust (SMPK), together with Calcutta Customs House Agents’ Association (CCHAA) and Association Of Shipping Interest In Calcutta (ASIC) organized “Meet Odisha”, a meeting with traders and seafood export industry stakeholders here to understand the issues and problems they face and explore services to meet their needs. Port authorities have urged traders in the state to use SMPK’s wharf infrastructure in Kolkata for reefer or reefer cargo ships to transport perishable goods like fruits and seafood. While around 2,000 containers of Odisha region have so far been shipped this year, the port plans to increase it to 6,000 in the current fiscal year. SMPK’s logistics ecosystem, which includes Kolkata Dock System (KDS) and Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), is experienced in handling and moving bulk, breakbulk and containerized cargo. The port has an adequate storage area and a robust railway network that enables smooth cargo handling and shipment, SMPK Chairman Vinit Kumar said in his address to stakeholders. While assuring stakeholders that their issues will be taken into account favourably, he announced a 15% discount on the cost of refrigeration power. “An additional discount will also be considered for the increase in export volume,” he said. The president said that SMPK has stable sea links with the East, the Far East and Bangladesh. “The port has also linked Meghalaya and Tripura through Chittagong Port in Bangladesh to explore seafood export opportunities in the North East region,” he said. SMPK officials said efforts are underway to make the port of Kolkata a model gateway for traders in Odisha. SMPK Vice President Samrat Rahi, CCHAA President Sudip Dey, Traffic Manager RS ​​Rajhans and members of UCCI and the Seafood Exporters Association were present.

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