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Larger Import Volumes and Reduced Lead Times—set to transform Fresh Fruit Imports in India
In a major development—IG International, the Largest Importer of Fresh Fruit in India has joined hands with India’s JM Baxi Group to efficiently handle and transport Containers from Nhava Sheva port to the customers across India. This association boosts IG’s productivity and capability in delivering fresh and high-quality Imported Fruits to the consumers.
The project comprises creating a World Class Cold Storage facility along with usage of J.M.Baxi’s existing Container Freight Station – MICT I, located in Nhava Sheva, 13 kms from JNPT port. With this project, IG will be able to handle a total volume of 15,000 TEU’s annually, at Nhava Sheva, compared to 7,000 TEU’s earlier. The Food Safety and Plant & Quarantine inspections will be held at the Container Freight Station itself, further reducing the turnaround time.
This project is likely to stimulate further growth and will provide an impetus to the entire fresh produce industry in India. IG has always been at the forefront of investing in Infrastructure and consistently maintains its leadership position in the industry.
Commenting on the move, Tarun Arora, Director, IG International, said, “We are committed to providing best quality produce to our Indian consumers. Imported Fresh Fruits will now be delivered directly to our customer’s location straight from the Container Freight station without unloading them in the cold storage. The intercity movement is set to become easier, saving time and energy. India is set to achieve exponential economic growth and we are preparing ourselves for tomorrow as we anticipate massive growth in demand for Imported Fruits in the coming decade. Infrastructure projects have their gestation period and it takes time to build such projects. We believe, building this new enhanced capacity will help our industry to grow faster. This model is a game changer for the fresh produce industry in India and IGIPL is very proud to collaborate with JMB. Both are family owned companies and share the same values.”
“Speaking in terms of business, IG believes in adding value for its customers. This new supply chain methodology will create value for our customers who will have better quality produce with less transit time and at better prices” he further added.
IG International imports 31 varieties of highest quality exotic fruits to India from 22 countries across the globe. The company has cold storages and wholesale outlets across India in cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Cochin, Patna, and Nagpur, and a global presence with offices in Belgium, Czech Republic, China and USA.
One of the great successes of the IG has been building the foundations of a robust distribution network for Fresh Fruit in India so that fruit growers from anywhere in the world and consumers in India can benefit from one joined-up marketplace.
About J.M.Baxi Group
JM BAXI Group, is India’s leading integrated logistics, services, transportation and maritime conglomerate serving the EXIM trade for over 100 years. “International Cargo Terminals & Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.” (ICTIPL) is J M Baxi’s Infra vertical which serves the trade with 6 terminals across India – 2 in Visakhapatnam, one each in Kandla, Paradip, Rozi (Jamnagar) and in Haldia besides operating ICD near Delhi and CFS’s in Visakhapatnam and Nhava Sheva.
ICT’s recent foray into Cold Business including with cold storages in Sonepat near Delhi and soon to start at Nhava and other locations across India has paved way for furthering relations with I.G International.
J M Baxi’s CFS – MICT (Mumbai International Cargo terminal) at Nhava Sheva near Mumbai – is associated with I.G. International for the past several years. The Cold Store with general warehouse and dedicated reefer yard for exclusive use of I.G.International at MICT II (Just 8 kms from MICT I, will be commissioned shortly in cooperation with I.G. International. Various value add services like Sorting, Packaging and Distribution across India will be offered from MICT II.
We are happy to be a catalyst to IG’s continued growth and proud to be their preferred logistics partner from Nhava and NCR region. We wish IG and Arora family continued success’ said Mr. Dhruv Kotak – MD – J M BAXI GROUP.
About IG International Pvt. Ltd. (IG)
IG International is one of the largest importers of Fresh Fruit in India for the past 50 years. This year, we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary.
Over the past 50 years, we have built global sourcing infrastructure with strong associations and partnerships with top fruit growers of the world. In India, we have the largest distribution and wholesale network of Imported Fresh Fruits. We have our own Cold Storages across different cities and a Fleet of Reefer Trucks for efficient handling and transportation of Fresh Fruits in a temperature-controlled environment.
IG International is a group of 14 companies in diversified trades. Our deep understanding of consumers, a strong portfolio of brands and distinctive capabilities across the value chain have enabled us to deliver broad-based superior performance across all our businesses.
We have a strong focus on infrastructural development for procuring, handling & storing of Fresh Fruit. Our dedicated team of highly experienced professionals work closely with our key partners to create competitive advantage for the business.
Beyond imports—other activities in IGIPL’s portfolio includes temperature-controlled warehousing and third-party logistics. We have facilities in Amravati, Theog, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. We have a fleet of around 100 reefer trucks and trailers; with each trailer comprising 40 reefer containers, we move around 40,000 MT of Fresh Fruit annually in India.