January 07 2019
APM Terminals Inland Services receives Environmental Clearance for handling hazardous chemicals – a first for an ICD in India
Recently inaugurated supply chain solutions facility in Pune, is the first ICD to receive such a certificate by the Minisitry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in India.
APM Terminals Inland Services’ integrated Inland Container Depot (ICD) and supply chain solutions facility at Chakan, Pune has been awarded the Enviromental Clearance (EC) certificate by the Minisitry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change – a first for an ICD in India. This certification authorizes the Pune facility to store, handle, transport, and deliver hazardous chemicals in any form – a critical requirement for all industries dealing with chemicals in domestic & international trade; and a safeguard for the environment.
“The certification of the Chakan facility lays testimony to the capabilities and standards built by APM Terminals Inland Services to address a pressing Industry need ahead of the growth curve,” explains Ajit Venkataraman, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia Managing Director.
India is the third largest chemical producer in Asia and its domestic Industry is projected to reach $403 Bn by 2025. The growing gap between the urgent need for qualified service providers and their availability has posed a continuous challenge to players across the ecosystem.
“We are committed to constantly raising the bar on safety, environment and effective solutions for our customers. We realized that the lack of facilities with Environmental Clearance for storage and handling of chemical cargo was impeding various regional industries and manufacturers from taking their business to the next level. We are glad to have met all the requirements of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, making us India’s first EC approved ICD cum integrated supply chain solutions facility” adds Ajit Venkataraman.
Chakan is one of India’s fastest growing hubs for industrial development, and home to many chemical intensive manufacturers.
APM Terminals Inland Services’ facility is equipped with a yard capable of handling 60,000 containers annually, bonded and non-bonded export-import warehouse and a domestic warehouse. Other services include customs clearance, empty container acceptance, transportation solutions and container repairs which are typically offered near ports.
“We are now looking forward to further strengthen our customers’ chemical supply chains by providing safe and sustainable solutions, minimizing associated risks, and delivering ease of doing business” explains Ajit Venkataraman.
The purpose of the EC is to identify, examine, assess and evaluate the likely and probable impacts of a proposed project or activity on the environment. It is also focused on working out remedial action plans to minimize adverse impact on the environment and ensure safety of employees, visitors, contractors and the communities we impact.
About APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia
Part of A.P. Møller – Maersk, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia is specialized in helping customers better serve their Indian inland markets. It provides Container Freight Stations, Inland Container Depots, warehousing, transportation, cold chain solutions, and customized container solutions in Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Dadri, Mundra, Pipavav, Pune, and Tuticorin.