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CODEX goes Mobile: Kale launches an integrated Mobile App for Accelerating Container Throughput

Mumbai, April 18, 2016

India’s first Integrated Container Mobile APP was launched by Kale Logistics Solutions at the Maritime India Summit 2016 in association with the V.O. Chidamabaranar (Tuticorin) Port Trust and Tuticorin CFS association, the Mobile App connects to CODEX – India’s First Container Digital Exchange.

Kale Logistics Solutions which developed India’s first Container Digital Exchange- CODEX operational at Tuticorin Port, announced the launch of a Container Tracking Mobile App-CODEX for various container stakeholders operating at Tuticorin Port. This will be India’s first Mobile App available for Container Stakeholders and accessible from Google Play store for Android phones. The CODEX Mobile APP will be an extension of CODEX. The launch took place on the sidelines of Maritime India Summit 2016- organized by Ministry of Shipping- Government of India. The summit was inaugurated by honorable Prime Minister of India - Mr. Narendra Modi.

The CODEX- Container Digital Exchange is designed to automate the container movement at Tuticorin Port and reduce the container dwell times considerably. It is an EDI based electronic platform through which communication, information exchange, connectivity and electronic processing of key business transactions/operations can be facilitated between all container stake-holders at the Port and its related logistics value chain.

The CODEX Mobile app was launched by Mr. S Anantha Chandra Bose, Chairman V.O. Chidambaranar (Tuticorin) Port Trust in a simple ceremony on the sidelines of the Maritime India Summit, 2016.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. S. Anantha Chandra Bose, Chairman, V.O. Chidamabaranar (Tuticorin) Port Trust said, “This is a pioneering initiative in enabling ease of business, and following the honorable Prime Minister's initiative of "Digital India”, we have expanded the Port Gates and are introducing Toll Gate to enable Seamless access to the port. CODEX- is first of its kind initiative at an Indian Port which promises to reduce the current documentation process from 2 hours to almost 1/4th its time and the Container Mobile App as an extension of CODEX will allow all stakeholders to Track the Container on real-time basis. The next step will be to enable other valuable functions on the mobile app, which will ensure that the stakeholders get the maximum benefit.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. David Raja, President –TCFSA stated, “With the CODEX Mobile APP, we look forward to making real-time information available to container stakeholders at Tuticorin Port, thereby saving them time & efforts involved in following up for Container Status updates.”

“With our proven experience of creating seamless digital communication for stakeholders across Logistics Value chain, the next step for us was to extend our services for the Maritime community as well. CODEX will help reduce Container Dwell time considerably by cutting down the time taken in documentation across the Container Movement. Additionally, the CODEX Mobile App will facilitate the container tracking for all stakeholders- providing on demand update seamlessly.”, said Mr. Vineet Malhotra, Director - Kale Logistics Solutions.

The CODEX Mobile APP can be downloaded from Google Play store on all Android mobile devices, tablets and similar gadgets. The Mobile APP facilitates on- the-go tracking of Containers on a real-time basis and directly interfaces with CODEX- Container Digital Exchange.

Kale Logistics has the distinction of delivering India’s first Air Cargo Community Platform- GMAX at Mumbai Airport (MIAL). The platform is being used by 1800+ Forwarders/Custom Brokers and has successfully processed 3.5 Million+ EDI Transactions for 500 destinations since its launch- witnessing the fastest ever EDI adoption. It conforms to all industry regulations with connectivity to 90+ Airlines. GMAX platform strengthens digital interface between cargo terminal operator and air cargo stakeholders including Customs and other trade facilitation bodies like Chambers of Commerce. It has helped attain 100% EDI for two leading European carriers at their Mumbai Station. Kale’s Community Platform initiatives have been listed in ‘Top 10 Innovations in Indian Logistics Industry’ by KPMG and have been published as a part of the Supply Chain Management curriculum of KELLOGG Business School. Kale Logistics is closely associated with leading Global Trade Bodies and is represented on the board of TIACA.

About V.O. Chidamabaranar (Tuticorin) Port Trust

V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Tuticorin owes its position on the south eastern coast of India, adjoining the Gulf of Mannar in Tuticorin District, 650 km south of Chennai, India. V.O.Chidambaranar Port has been predominantly a bulk import Port catering to the industrial needs of Tuticorin and entire Hinterland South of Chennai. The Port is also strategically located close to the East-West International Sea Route. The closer proximity to International sea routes facilitate calling of vessels at ease to serve EXIM trade at competitive charter rates.

About Tuticorin CFS Association (TCFSA).

TCFSA is the association of Container Freight Stations in Tuticorin representing major CFS/ICDs operating at Tuticorin Port. Its main activities include

  • To ensure that TCFSA Members difficulties and grievances are addressed with various Government Agencies
    1. Future growth of the CFS/ICD industry are adequately discussed with Customs and Port Authorities in the interest of Members
    2. Industry best practices are shared among Members and implemented for the benefit of the Exim Trade

TCFSA actively works with Government bodies to take up member issues and bring in positive reforms.