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Sattva Logistics Group Sets Foot in Karnataka, Launches ICD at Vemagal Near Bengaluru


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Sattva Logistics Group, a pioneer and a major player in the field of 3PL Logistics in India, launched its seventh facility to the trade, an Inland container Depot at Vemgal, near Bengaluru on 1 October 2020.

Mr. Srinivas, I.R.S, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Bengaluru Zone, inaugurated the facility, developed in 11 acres of the land with one lakh Sq.ft of warehouse area for public Bonded and non-bonded cargo storing facility, 100% power back up erected with 125 KV Genset, Eco friendly LED Fittings in Hi-mast lighting, in the presence of Mr. Ashok, I.R.S, Principal Commissioner of Customs, ACC & Airport, Bengaluru, and Mr. Baswaraj Nalegave, I.R.S, Commissioner of Customs, Bengaluru City, S.Santhanam, Chairman, Sattva Group, S. Narashiman, Vice Chairman, Sattva Group, S. Padmanabhan, Director, Sattva Group, A.V.Vijayakumar, President, FFFAI, Ennarasu Karunesan, Consultant, Ports and Maritime Sector, Chozhanachiar Rajasekaran, President, Tamil Chamber of Commerce, S.Natarajan, President, CCBA, R.N. Sekar, Secretary, CCBA, Belli Gowda, President, BCHAA, K.N.Shivanna, Hon. Secretary, BCHAA, R.Dhandapani,CEO, Sattva Logistics, and P.H.Venkatapathy, President, Sattva Logistics.

Sattva Group owns three Inland container Depot and three Container Freight Stations with one-million closed warehouse capacity.


Addressing the gathering, Mr. Srinivas, I.R.S, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Bengaluru Zone, said, “I see that Sattva is in fact celebrating this year as a silver jubilee year having started their first CFS in 1995. Incidentally, the CFS started by Santhanam ji in 1995 was the first private CFS in the country. It’s a rare description, and today they have reached seventh milestone, the fourth ICD and in addition to three CFS. This is the seventh establishment logistics facility.”


Mr. Srinivas stated: “over the years, in this 25 years, they have grown from strength to strength basically based on their very strong ethical values, very sound IT systems that is in place and various operational procedures, internal procedures, which they have, over the years they have graduated and kept them in place, and advanced technological features they have adopted like I see in the presentation the RFID put in the place apart from the CCTV and various other electronic sealing systems etc.”


“All these systems in place certainly give confidence to importers and exporters because they normally see there would not be any pilferage and the systems integrated with the systems of Customs would certainly help in absolute promptness in clearance and zero pilferage. This is what an importer or exporters expects. In fact, this would reduce non-stop operations, overheads to the exporters or importers, which is the ideal situation for them. I am very happy that Sattva has included IT in their logistics operations.”


Speaking about the importance of the state, Mr. Srinivas said: “I find Karnataka as a very ideal location, an ideal state because about 16 percent of the MNCs are in Karnataka. Out of Fortune 500 companies, 80 of them are in Karnataka. And, strategically this particular ICD, I find is located in very prominent place because this particular road is connecting Bangalore-Chennai Industrial Corridor. I learnt from Mr Vijayakumar that this is the first ICD in this particular sector, which gives an advantage to Sattvas.

Speaking on “faceless assessment, Mr. Srinivas stated: “The best practices of various countries were studied and faceless assessment has been brought in place. And in the all India rollout, we are fortunate that Bangalore has been the forefront in implementation of faceless assessment. The first phase of all India roll out of the faceless assessment was commenced between Bangalore and Chennai on 8 June 2020. The second phase was on 3 August, the third phase commenced on 15 September. And today, incidentally, the fourth phase of all India roll out. In each phase, the number of quotations as well as the number of chapters are being added. And by 31 October, the faceless assessment will be complete, the roll out will be complete, and it will be implemented pan India.”


“So, these IT initiatives and various functionalities for ensuring the contact-less, paperless, would also be faceless assessment. In addition to these, central initiatives pan Indian, at Bangalore, we have also introduced certain systems, which will help in proper communication, quick communication without approaching the office,” he added.

“We have set up a help desk at the headquarters office. And, we have also set up Turant Seva in each of the Customs location,” he further added.

Speaking on the support from different stakeholders for ensuring hassle free service to trade, Mr. Srinivas said, “Gearing up the IT systems and the business operations from the government perspective, government side alone will not help us. We want more and more stakeholders, custodians like Sattva should gear up adequately so that together we can ensure the minimal dwell time which will see the cost of operations for importers and exporters.”

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