A common user facility with public authority status equipped with fixed installation & offering services for handling & temporary storage of Import/Export cargo & empty containers carried under customs supervision & with customs & other authorities competent to clear goods for home consumption, warehousing, temporary admission, re-export, temporary storage for onward transit & outright export.

  • Transshipment of cargo can also take place from such station
  • ICD means Inland container depot situated at inland points away from the sea port.
  • ICD is formed to help importer/exporter to handle their shipments near their place of location.
  • If the sea port is away from the place of importer & exporter, ICD helps them to save time & money in the procedures & formalities.
  • In ICD/CFS, a combination of services of sea custodian, customs dept., carriers, freight forwarders, customs broker etc. are carried out to facilitate exporters & importers for smooth handling of cargo

Difference between ICD & CFS

  • An ICD is generally located in the interiors (outside the port town) of the country away from the servicing point.
  • CFS, on the other hand, is an off dock facility located near the servicing port, which helps in decongesting the port by shifting cargo & customs related activities outside the port area.

Functions of ICD / CFS:

Both ICD/CFS handles only containerized cargo, thus special facilities are provided like:

  • Sheds for temporary storage of cargo
  • Container yard for temporary storage of containers
  • Receipt & dispatch/delivery of cargo
  • Stuffing & stripping of cargo
  • Transit operations by rail/road to and from serving point (Transhipments)
  • Customs clearance facility
  • Consolidation & desegregation of cargo
  • Temporary storage of cargo & containers
  • Maintenance & repairs of the container.

Benefits of ICD/CFS:

  • It brings shipping services at the doorsteps of shippers across the nation
  • Assist in decongesting the seaport
  • More user-friendly
  • Reduce overall cost of transit cargo
  • Reduce demurrage & avoids pilferage (theft)
  • All port provides rail link to ICD’s thus quick to & fro transportations
  • Lowers the transportation cost
  • Reduce inventory cost
  • Issuance of “Through B/L” by shipping lines thereby full liability of shipments
  • These are operated upon by private & public authorities, thus every user gets quality service at most competitive rates.