Recently, APM Terminals Pipavav has implemented e-SMTP (electronic sub-manifest transshipment permit) at its port. Containers at Pipavav Port are being released for train loading according to the e-SMTP messages received from ICEGATE [Indian Customs Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data interchange (EC/EDI) Gateway] through PCS (port community system). According to the port sources, by implementing e-SMTP, containers can be planned for loading within couple of hours of vessel’s inward entry filed by customs in ICEGATE. Implementation of system will help in a quick turnaround of cargoes, thereby resulting in 12 to 48 hours of savings every week.
“With the port having stopped the collection of hard copies of SMTP,the e-SMTP has made the whole custom process very simplified and has proved to be a valued proposition for the port users with minimal operational hurdles,” asserted the sources.
“At APM Terminals Pipavav, we strive to improve the operational efficiency by quick turnaround of cargoes at the berth, at the yard & at the gate. The implementation of e-STMP takes us one step closer to simplifying the entire customer process, thereby reducing the dwell time of cargoes,” added Mr. Keld Pedersen Managing Director, APM Terminal Pipavav.