DP World opens state-of-the-art free trade warehousing zone in Cochin

DP World has commenced operations of the Cochin Economic Zone, Kerala’s first free trade warehousing zone (FTWZ) and the third DP World Economic Zone in India. Strategically located within the Cochin port premises at the Vallarpadam terminal, this 75,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility significantly enhances Cochin Port’s capabilities. As the first transshipment terminal in India, it serves as a preferred gateway to the south, seamlessly integrating with DP World’s strategic multimodal logistics network to facilitate efficient connections across India and global markets.

The DP World Cochin Economic Zone marks a significant leap in the company’s commitment to pioneering trade solutions. Situated in the heart of Cochin’s bustling port activity, the facility offers 67 value-added services that provide businesses with unparalleled advantages for their supply chain operations.

Ranjit Ray, Senior Vice President of Economic Zones for the Middle East, North Africa, and Subcontinent, commented on the launch, stating, “We are happy to unveil the DP World Cochin Economic Zone, an innovative model located within the port premises, setting a new benchmark among economic zones in India. Our aim in establishing economic zones is to enhance global trade opportunities by streamlining supply chains, resulting in cost savings and seamless connectivity. Our integrated solution in Cochin provides value-added services, linking ports to the wider supply chain through multimodal connectivity. At DP World, our dedicated team works tirelessly to create bespoke warehousing and logistics facilities, committed to delivering value and an enhanced experience. This facility will not only support EXIM-oriented businesses but also open doors for global companies to enter the Indian market.”

The Cochin Economic Zone boasts excellent connectivity via three National Highways: NH 66 to Mumbai, NH 544 to Salem and Coimbatore, and NH 85 to Rameswaram via Madurai. It also offers convenient rail access within the port premises, with Ernakulam Junction (South) and Ernakulam Town (North) railway stations just 5-7 kilometers away. Additionally, Cochin airport is located approximately 35 kilometers from the facility, enhancing accessibility and connectivity for businesses operating within the economic zone.