Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT) has sailed in to a new frontier with the addition of Bengal Tiger Line’s (BTL) new Colombo feeder service (BOX-2) from KPCT.
Bengal Tiger Line (BTL) starts new import connection from Colombo to Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT). The new weekly service was launched on 7 Feb, 2014. It has a port rotation of Colombo & KPCT.
KPCT’s employees played a prominent role in establishment of new import connection & concerned service.
All NVOCCs (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier), can load on this service as it is a common carrier feeder vessel. This will provide a direct import connection from Colombo to KPCT and enable importers in the Andhra Pradesh hinterland to bring in their cargos coming from Europe, USA, Middle East, West Africa & East Africa.
Some of the recognized benefits can be –
- Cost benefits- Importers can request their liners to import cargo through KPCT, which would be cost effective.
- Import benefits- Import benefit for the goods such as
- Cashew from Africa
- Metal scrap from Middle East, USA
- Timber from US, Canada, South America, Africa
- Time benefits- Importers will benefit from a shorter transit time to KPCT than to Chennai as the BTL service calls KPCT before it calls at Chennai.
As the trade is experiencing the benefits and the potential of KPCT, more and more liner companies are encouraging imports into KPCT. Liners are also agreeing to importer requests for Change of Destination (COD) to KPCT even though the shipment has already sailed from load port and is in transit to Colombo.
KPCT is a new trade port that has opened immense opportunities on the east coast of India. It is part of Krishnapatnam Port which is a world class multi-purpose deep seaport featuring a broad range of shipment services. KPCT uniquely offers wide berth docking, container operations and warehousing storage in one strategic location. The port terminal serves as all-in-one logistics centre for cost-effective import-export global gateway serving the new industrial hub of India.