APM Terminals Pipavav has successfully implemented e-SMTP (electronic sub-manifest transshipment permit) at its port beginning 2017.
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 Gateway) through the port community system. By implementing e-SMTP, containers can be planned for loading within a couple of hours of a vessel’s inward entry filed by customs in ICEGATE. Implementation of the system will help in quick turnaround of cargo, thereby resulting into 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 simplified and has proved to be a valued proposition for port users with minimal operational hurdles.
Commenting on the development, Keld Pedersen, Managing Director, APM Terminal Pipavav, said, “At APM Terminals Pipavav, we strive to improve the operational efficiency by quick turnaround of cargos at the berth, at the yard and 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.”