India’s biggest private port operator, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has suspended direct port delivery (DPD) of containers and shut the export gate at its container terminal in Hazira port from Friday evening as the storage yard is clogged due to non-clearance of boxes in the wake of the nationwide lockdown restrictions.
Adani Hazira Port, the entity that runs the port at Hazira, informed customers on Thursday that “yard inventories have significantly increased at Hazira Terminal due to non-movement of cargo from the terminal”.
“Despite current facilitations by the government and local authorities, we do not see any significant clearance or movement of the cargo. We are suspending our service of export gate at both terminal and export-import (EXIM) yard with effect from 17.04.2020, 1800 Hrs. This will be in effect till such time the yards are decongested,” Adani Hazira Port said in a trade notice.
The port operator also told customers that “DPD inventories have significantly increased at Hazira terminal due to non-evacuation by importers despite government guidance stipulating inter-state and intra-state movements are allowed irrespective of the nature of goods. As a result, Hazira terminal is facing severe congestion inside the yard”.
As port operations come under “essential services” and since cargo movements to and from port are also authorised during the lockdown period, there is no reason for DPD cargo not being evacuated from the port, it said.
“With immediate effect, we are suspending our service of DPD and request you to nominate containers to respective Container Freight Stations (CFSs)/Inland Container Depots (ICDs) for all upcoming vessels to Hazira,” Adani Hazira Port told its customers, while urging them to “clear and move their import containers on top priority basis”.
This will be in effect till such time DPD inventories are evacuated by importers and yards are de-congested, it added.
DPD implies that import containers are delivered directly to pre-approved clients at the port itself instead of waiting in a CFS located outside for clearance, which reduces cargo dwell times and cost for shippers.