Container Booking at CPT Goes Online
In a move to end the monopoly of brokers in the booking of container trailers, the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) has launched an Internet and SMS-based service facilitating container trailer booking for moving containers to and from the International Container Transshipment Terminal(ICTT) and various locations, including container freight stations.
The website, www.cochinportctms.com, for the service was launched on January 24. Trailer users and operators can register online.
The requirement posted on the website by a registered user will be received by trailer operator through e-mail and SMS.
The trailer operator can then submit his quote for the request through Internet or SMS. There is no scope of intervention of middlemen in the deal.
“The user can choose the most suitable quote and thereby get the best service at competitive rate.
The website is designed to be operated through Internet, e-mail as well as SMS.
“So the users can respond to the requirements anytime from any location, either through computer or mobile phone. However, the website does not provide facility for payment or and grievance redressal,” the Cochin Port Trust authorities said in a press release.
“The portal is a platform created by the CPT for trailer booking by importer/exporter or their agents. The main purpose of this software is to provide convenience to both trailer users and operators. Currently trailer booking can be made through middlemen who take substantial commission.
“But here, the user can directly fix deal with the operator and get the desired service at the most competitive rate.
The port will not charge any fee from the trailer user or operator for using this website,” they added.
The CPT authorities claimed that the trading community had welcomed this initiative and is very optimistic.
“The port foresees a revolutionary change in the field of trailer booking business in Kochi with the introduction of this website as it will curtail the monopoly of brokers,” they said.