An Inland Container Depot (ICD) is a facility that primarily serves the following functions
Container Handling and Storage:.
ICDs provide facilities for receiving, storing, and handling containers. This reduces congestion at port facilities and allows for temporary storage of containers.
Switching Means of Transportation:.
ICDs serve as a switching point between land transportation (trucks, trains, etc.) and sea transportation (ships). This allows containers to be brought in from the port using land transportation and then continued using other modes of transportation.
ICD provides facilities to comply with customs procedures and other regulatory requirements, and can efficiently perform custom clearance of containers. This ensures that the logistics process runs smoothly and complies with the appropriate regulations.
Intra-regional Logistics Hub:.
ICDs serve as logistics relay points and support intra-regional logistics activities. This ensures that products and goods are transported quickly and efficiently within the region.
Efficient Logistics Management:.
ICDs streamline the entire logistics process by tracking containers, managing inventory, and managing logistics information. This allows companies and carriers to develop effective logistics strategies and optimize costs.
All in all, ICDs play an important role as a facility that enables efficient and smooth logistics activities as a key link between land and sea transportation means.
Container Round-Use Support Functions
Container Round Use is part of an effort to promote a decarbonized transportation model by reusing empty containers in importing regions. Below is a description of the key features and roles of this transportation model
Container Round Use reduces carbon emissions from not transporting unnecessary empty containers by repurposing empty containers. This approach seeks to reduce environmental impacts as a decarbonized transportation model.
By repurposing empty containers, efficient transportation routes can be optimized. Reuse of empty containers from neighboring areas and return routes reduces the cost of transporting empty containers when they are returned.
Container round use can be considered as part of reverse logistics. Containers are typically returned after being transported, and their effective reuse promotes logistics circularity and minimizes waste.
Reusing empty containers is economically beneficial. Reuse maximizes the asset value of containers and reduces the purchase and production of new containers.
Overall, container round use is part of a sustainability-oriented transportation model that reduces environmental impact and improves transportation efficiency.