Maersk introduces end-to-end export and import service at Kakinada
The Dollar Business Bureau
Maersk Line India, the global containerised division of Maersk Group, announced on Monday that it is introducing export and import service offerings at Kakinada Port in Andhra Pradesh.
“This end-to-end service (store door) will enable customers in the region to reach global touch points,” the company said in a statement.
With this first time offering in Kakinada, Maersk Line will be able to containerise cargo at its origin, cut out wastage and complexities of dealing with multiple vendors and help move it to port in a cost-effective manner, the statement said.
“This will have a direct bearing on rice farmers and growers in the region that would benefit from the ease that it brings and makes customers compete successfully in key rice export markets like Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East and the United States,” it added.
End-to-end offerings (store door service) for import and export services will enable last mile connectivity for customers in Kakinada. Seamless availability of rice fit equipment for rice exports will further enable ease of doing business. By providing such facilities, Maersk line is helping to create a dynamic business platform, the company said.
Commenting on the development, Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan) said, “We are excited to announce the addition of these services in Kakinada. This port is strategically located with Amaravati – the new capital of Andhra Pradesh being closer to the port.”
“This will add to our hinterland coverage for regions such as Rajahmundry, Bhimavaram and Hyderabad. This is another initiative to understand our customers better and grow with them,” he added.
Kakinada port is the main gateway port for the rich agricultural belt of East Coast of India. The exports from Kakinada include agricultural products such as rice, seafood, chemicals, oil meals, corn, iron ore, bio-fuel etc. The main items of import include waste paper, wood pulp and cashew.