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APM Terminals Launches Integrated Cold Chain Solutions in Chennai


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APM Terminals inaugurated its first state-of-the-art cold storage warehouse in India, which will ensure reliable and stable transport of cargo, including goods such as fish, fruits, medicines, and specialty chemicals, which require strict temperature contol throughout the supply chain.

The facilities will provide refrigerated container plug-in facilities for cold warehousing with services ranging from customs examination and clearance under controlled temperature, value-added services like palletization and packaging, on-wheel customs seal verification, and bonded cargo movement to different seaports and airports. The services are available for both domestic and international import/export customers.

Spread over 10,000 sq. meters, the cold chain solutions facility is the first of its kind in South India as it is integrated with APM Terminals’ container freight station. The facility will offer customs clearance facilitation and proximity to the ports of Chennai, Kamarajar (Ennore), Kattupalli and Krishnapatnam with round the clock accessibility. An additional cold chain solutions facility for domestic use has been built in close proximity to the container freight station.

Located in Ponneri, one of the fastest growing suburbs of Chennai, the facilities, which were built using the latest technologies, were inaugurated by M. Ajit Kumar, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai Zone, in the presence of Dries van Dongen, Global Head of Inland Services for APM Terminals, officials from different Government offices, and key customers during a ceremony on 12 April 2018.

“We are committed to providing integrated specialty warehousing services globally. APM Terminals is constantly looking for ways that we can best address the supply chain needs of our customers. India has seen an increasing demand for temperature and humidity controlled products especially frozen foods and pharmaceutical products for both domestic consumption as well as international export. In line with this trend, and backed by our strong experience in handling temperature controlled cargo, we’ve invested in not only offering global standards of cold chain solutions, but also offering export-import cold chain solutions within our container freight station, for the first time in South India” said Dries van Dongen, APM Terminals’ Global Head of Inland Services.

Chief Guest and key dignitaries at the inauguration of APM Terminals Inland Services’ integrated Cold chain solutions facility at Chennai, India include left to right:
Mr. Joseph Sandiav (South Region Head, APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.), Ms. Rajini S Menon (Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Chennai CFS), Chief Guest – Shri M. Ajit Kumar (Chief Commissioner Customs, Chennai Zone), Mr. Dries Van Dongen (Global Head of Inland Services, APM Terminals), Ms. Shanthy Gunasekaran (Deputy Drug Controller (I), South zone, Chennai office), Mr. Julian Bevis (Senior Director, Group Relations, South Asia, Maersk), Mr. Ajit Venkataraman (Managing Director, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia) and Mr. Vikaas Shinghal (Head of Cold Chain Division, APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.)

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