Inland Container Depots, otherwise known as ICDs, are dry ports equipped for handling and temporary storage of containerized cargo as well as empties. This means that customers can receive port services more conveniently closer to their premises.
Daks Couriers has been expanding over the years to offer its customers a range of services in the logistics industry. These services include domestic courier, international courier, warehousing, transport, distribution, clearing, freight forwarding and now we are providing ICD services.
ICDs are a convenient shipping alternative extending port services closer to inland customers. The depots are directly linked to customs office and heavily monitored by Uganda Revenue Authority.
The Uganda Revenue Authority saw it fit to allow private logistics operators to set up Inland Container Depots due to the following strategic objectives:
- Bring Port services closer to hinterland customers- customers based in the hinterland can have access to the same services offered without having to travel all the way for the same thus saving time and money. The ICDs are therefore an efficient logistics solution
- Decongesting other ICDs. – the ICDs help decongest the container terminal at the port by reducing container dwell time through enhanced take-off of import containerized cargo for clearance at the ICD. In addition, the depots also facilitate for the dispatch of export containers therefore increasing container turn around time creating more space at the Container Terminal.
- Saving customer costs – Customers reduce the amount of time and money that would have otherwise been spent traveling all the way to the Port to clear or forward cargo.
- Providing alternative temporary secure storage as goods await clearing.
Located in Uganda Mukono plot 46 Katosi Road, the ICD is just newly established as of 2017 and has a container stacking area sitting on 9 hectares of land with 33,000 sq m of bonded warehouse. This facility provides a one-stop shipping centre that not only caters for all shipping needs but in addition also includes; a warehouse, customs office, clearing agent and freight forwarding. Other services offered include domestic courier and distribution
This year (2017), the depot has experienced considerable growth in throughput. With developments that include acquiring more efficient equipment and a competent work force, the ICD has been dedicated to improving service delivery through focused superior customer service as well as fostering strong working relations with its stakeholders.
Daks ICD strives to be the best in terms of technological advancement, efficient and effective business management processes as well as offering competitive and superior customer service and rates.