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PSA’s BMCT receives first container

PSA International’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) marked a milestone this week, receiving its first road-hauled container during a gate opening ceremony officiated at by Vivek Johri (IRS), Chief Commissioner Customs, Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House.

The container will be loaded on CMA-CGM’s Centaurus, which arrives at the new terminal on Feb 2. The first containers arriving by road will be followed by other boxes arriving by rail and barge.

With eight in-gates and eight out-gates, paperless transactions, weighbridge and radiation detection facilities, BMCT’s Phase 1 gate complex brings new levels of sophistication and efficiency to the Nhava Sheva area, PSA said in a press release.

BMCT ceo Suresh Amirapu said: “We have received immense help from Customs and many other agencies to get to this point. We are honoured to welcome the first container together with Customs before our first vessel call later this week.”

“These are exciting times ahead for the trade as BMCT introduces game-changing capacity and facilities into the market,” he concluded.

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