APM Terminals Inland Services’ integrated Inland Container Depot (ICD) and supply chain solutions facility at Chakan, Pune, has achieved a significant first after being awarded an environmental clearance certificate by the Indian government.
The certification authorises the facility to store, handle, transport, and deliver hazardous chemicals in any form. This is considered to be a critical requirement for all industries dealing with chemicals in domestic and international trade and a key 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,” said Ajit Venkataraman, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia Managing Director. “We are committed to constantly raising the bar on safety, environmental and effective solutions for our customers. We realised 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.”
APM Terminals Inland Services’ facility is equipped with a yard capable of handling 60,000 containers annually. It has a bonded and non-bonded export-import warehouse and a domestic warehouse as well as services including customs clearance, empty container acceptance, transportation solutions and container repairs.
The purpose of the environmental clearance certificate is to identify, examine, assess and evaluate the likely and probable impacts of a proposed project or activity on the environment. It also looks at working out remedial action plans to minimise any adverse impacts on the environment and ensure the safety of employees, visitors, contractors and local communities that would be impacted.