In­dia’s first ICD-based cold store in Haryana

Cargo Talk - - Interview -

To cut dou­ble-han­dling and save cost for im­porters and ex­porters of per­ish­able goods, JM Baxi Group has opened port­based cold stor­age at its Sonepat in­land con­tainer de­pot (a dry port) in Haryana. The firm, which runs port ter­mi­nals and con­tainer trains, aims to set up seven to eight such cold stores in In­dia, said Dhruv Ko­tak, Joint Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, JM Baxi Group.

The cold stores will be man­aged by Ban­ga­lore­based Cold­man Lo­gis­tics, a new en­trant into the cold chain busi­ness, led by Ravi Kan­nan, the for­mer CEO of Mum­bai-listed Snow­man Lo­gis­tics. At present, reefer con­tain­ers land­ing at Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust and per­ish­ables ex­ported through In­dia’s big­gest con­tainer gate­way are re-dis­trib­uted or sourced from all over the coun­try ir­re­spec­tive of the com­mod­ity.

Im­ported reefer con­tain­ers are re­dis­tributed to the north from Nhava Sheva, which re­sults in dou­ble­han­dling. “Boxco’s tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled ware­house at Sonepat en­ables ex­porters and im­porters in the north to bring their reefer con­tain­ers di­rectly to the cold store. It brings the cold stores di­rectly to where the ex-im cargo ei­ther orig­i­nates or ends. It has never ex­isted be­fore. It saves dou­ble-han­dling be­cause it is moved di­rectly by rail to the cold stores, lead­ing to huge cost sav­ings,” said Ko­tak.

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