Former president of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation G Sambasiva Rao along with Zonal Vice Chairman of the AP Chambers Visakhapatnam chapter KRB Prakash on Thursday submitted a representation to Dr. DK Srinivas, Principal Commissioner of Customer, Visakhapatnam, requesting permission for Lower than Container Load (LCL) cargoes at Visakhapatnam for the container freight station.
In the representation, Sambasiva Rao said that the container facilities started at the Visakhapatnam Port in 2002. Since then the container movement picked up slowly and started the growth stage in 2010. Due to efficient services by the trade partners and the cooperation of customs authorities, so far nine container freight stations are operating under Visakhapatnam jurisdiction.
Central Warehousing Corporation, the lone LCL operator, is not doing aggressive marketing. In view, our EXIM trade is operating much of the LCL cargoes from Chennai and Hyderabad. In addition to VSEZ, APSEZ and RINL, many MSME units are facing problems in connection with LCL cargoes for both export and import purposes. There is a need to develop LCL cargoes in order to encourage the MSME sector in this area. This will also benefit students settled in the US, Australia, Europe, and other parts of the world as they need a lot of Indian products for their consumption purpose especially sweets, pickles, local handicrafts, wooden furniture and a lot of toys from the locally manufactured units.