Allied ICD Services Limited, located in Durgapur, is the first operational dry port in Eastern India. Inaugurated in May 2006, this company is owned and promoted by PDP International Pvt. Ltd., which has immense expertise in the areas of clearing and forwarding, warehousing, multimodal transportations and air-cargo (IATA certified). Both the companies, PDP International Pvt. Ltd. and Allied ICD Services Limited, are ISO:9001 certified. In 2011, Allied ICD Services Ltd. engaged in a collaboration with Container Corporation of India Ltd. (Concor), a Government of India undertaking, to further develop its services of transportation of export and import containers by rail in addition to road. Allied ICD Services Ltd. has developed EDI services of its own, since October 2012, to provide at-par services to EXIM trade.The ICD area was extended, under Section 8 of Custom Act (1962), to Concor Terminal, situated 5 km away from the site of Allied ICD Services Limited.
Allied ICD Services Limited has the facility of over a hundred trailers for carrying containers and various equipments of the latest technology in order to ensure that all tasks are performed efficiently. Our mission is to provide services at reduced transaction costs to make the export and import trade more feasible. Having an inland point by means of Allied ICD Services Ltd., importers and exporters can enjoy faster completion of the customs formalities and quicker clearance of goods without having to venture into the ports of Kolkata or Haldia. Also, Allied ICD Services Limited provides services to both exporters and importers under the same roof, thereby benefiting all parties by reducing the inventory holding cost.
The Government of West Bengal has contributed to the development of this inland port by providing a plot of over 12 acres. The land is obtained on the basis of a lease agreement from the government through ADDA (Asansol Durga Development Authority) for a period of 70 years. The inland port is situated very close to the NH-2 Highway, which is part of the Golden Quadrilateral Network. The distance by road from the port of Kolkata is approximately 180 kms, and from that of Haldia is approximately 310 kms.
The ICD is a common user facility having a full fledged customs house functioning within its customs notified area. All facilities pertaining to customs clearance including appraisement, duty payment, export permission etc readily are available in ICD Durgapur.