The logistics industry plays a key part in the strategic cluster policies for new growth. The rapidly growing economy is producing an explosive market for logistics services. India is the ideal place to set up logistics operations in South East Asia.
Our prime location, multi-modal infrastructure and open environment will have your business thriving in no time. For the past few years, transport and distribution activities have become the prime job creators in India, making logistics the dominant sector for foreign investments.
As a nation India exports and Import over 10,000 commodities from nearly 200 regions across the world. With such an influx of trade all along the counties shores, the need for Containers, machinery required for loading and unloading of cargoes on ships, Inland containers Depot/ Container Freight stations has increased tremendously.
You may plan to setup Inland Container Depot (ICD) or Container Freight Station. Functionally there is no distinction between an ICD/CFS as both are transit facilities, which offer services for containerization of break bulk cargo and vice-versa. These could be served by rail and/ or road transport.
An ICD is generally located in the interiors (outside the port towns) of the country away from the servicing ports.
CFS, on the other hand, is an off-dock facility located near the servicing ports which help in decongesting the port by shifting cargo and Customs related activities outside the port area.
CFSs are largely expected to deal with break-bulk cargo originating/terminating in the immediate hinterland of a port and may also deal with rail borne traffic to and from inland locations. The Inland Container Depots, otherwise known as ICDs, are dry ports.
The minimum area requirement for a Container Freight Station should One Hectare, whereas for inland container depot it should be Four Hectare. The track length and the number of tracks should be adequate to meet the requirement designed TEU traffic availability point of view handle rakes and for stabling trains where relevant.