In 2004 DP World won the concession to operate the Rajiv Gandhi Container Terminal and to develop the International Container Transshipment Terminal at Vallarpadam.
Cochin Port is located next to the East-West trade route, only eleven nautical miles from the direct Middle East - Far East sea-route. No other Indian port enjoys such a strategic geographic proximity to the major maritime sea routes. DP World Cochin serves as the natural gateway to the vast industrial and agricultural produce markets of the South & West of India. The hinterland of the port includes the state of Kerala and parts of Tamilnadu and Karnataka. Improved road and rail connectivity have substantially reduced the transit time and logistics cost making Cochin Port a preferred gateway for exports & imports from/to the hinterland.
Since the official handover in April 2005, DP World's operational expertise has significantly improved efficiencies. Investment in quayside and yard-handling equipment has been focused on improving productivity.
The application of IT plays a vital role at the terminal. Its state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, technology and support have been specifically tailored to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and transactions keeping the trade in south India in mind.