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Cabotage – Empty Container Repositioning

On a regular basis, shipping lines requests to reposition empty containers (dry/reefer) to hinterland locations in order to meet exports demands. Pipavav offers a transportation solution for empty containers from Pipavav Port to North India. We offers a fixed cost to shipping lines for movement of empty containers for a longer period.


  • Cost effective empty positioning from Pipavav to North India.
  • Safe transportation of containers through Rail.
  • Timely arrival of containers at destination.
  • Long-term cost visibility.

Request Process

  • Shipping line/NVOCC shall request where and how many containers they are planning to move in a specific time frame.
  • Based on the requirements, a commercial offer will be made to reposition the containers.
  • Once the contract is signed, advance information needs to be provided about the discharge of containers (at least 7 days before the discharge).
  • Once discharged, Survey (EIR) needs to be shared before the container is handed-over to the Pipavav team.
  • The Pipavav team/ appointed third party, will take custody and keep Shipping line updated about the movement till the container reaches agreed destination.


  • Only in transit physical damage will be covered under insurance during transit.
  • Any change of destination after container hand-over would attract