Ingredients for the perfect Trade Facilitation masterpiece

Accelerating container movement and throughput with CODEX – India’s first Digital Exchange Platform for Containers – a Port Community System (PCS)

Container Supply Chains continue to rely on manual or semiautomated processes resulting in limited cargo visibility as containers move from Container Depot (CFS/ICD) to Port and vice-versa. The original shipment information (Commercial Invoice / Packing List) which has most of the data to create subsequent documents is exchanged manually. A Forwarder / Customs Broker has to access multiple stakeholder systems viz., shipping line portals, Custodian portals, Customs portal, bank portal etc., and re-enter shipment data multiple times. This is a time and resource consuming activity as a typical shipping export transaction utilises more than 120 original documents and their subsequent copies.


Container terminal industry is posed with higher operational complexities. Staying profitable in the era of weak demand growth and fluctuating global trade flows has made communication via a container management system between Ports, Container Terminals, Shippers, Forwarders, and Importers/Exporters, a necessity.


With an increase in the volume of shipments, it has become imperative that Ports, shipping lines, CFS/ICD and Customs are linked on a common system that promises flexibility, accuracy and ‘Ease of Doing Business’. Currently, the level of automation in the industry is diverse. Most ports do not possess single window EDI for trade facilitation. This affects the efficiency and profitability of container trade in many ways. Lack of advance shipment information results in the possibility of congestion at the port gate. Absence of real-time data exchange via a single window system translates to higher inventory in the supply chain, resulting in escalated logistics costs. Moreover, the security of container trade too is compromised as there is no common portal for the CFS or customers where they can track real-time status and milestone of their containers. Lack of a common portal for exchange of information amongst supply chain holders not only affects supply chain participants, but also impacts policy formation.


A robust EDI-based container digital exchange platform – CODEX – is designed to automate and digitally streamline EXIM container movement in and out of Ports. It facilitates proper communication, information exchange, connectivity and digital processing of key business transactions, which can be facilitated between all the stakeholders at the port and the related Logistics value chain.


The IGST tax refund process is streamlined with CODEX Port Community System. The process from the electronic VGM filing to EDI uploading, to generating of the discrepancy report is digitalised. The process that usually takes 90 days to complete, takes about 3 to 7 business days with CODEX. Exporters avail of instant IGST refunds with this digital platform. The challenge of liquidity for exporters, with CODEX, finds a solution.

Integrating all port stakeholders with CODEX

CODEX – A unified port community system

  • Operational Dashboard for real-time Cargo transactions
  • 100% Container visibility to pertinent stakeholders with mile-to-mile tracking
  • Auto-generation of pertinent documents at various Cargo milestones
  • Obtain Port Statistical Reports for Export/Import Container movement
  • Complete Port transactions on single portal
  • Real-time integration with Terminal Operation Management
  • IGST Tax refund process is digitalised
  • Mobile app integration
  • UnCleared Cargo disposal with eAuction
  • MIS and operational reports
  • CODEX facilitates seamless movement of cargo from the container depot (CFS/ICD) to port and vice versa.

Business Benefits

Reduced container dwell time

Speedy IGST tax refunds to exporters

One common information highway connecting all

Improved capacity planning at the port

Reduced documentation

Mobile App for tracking

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), in an effort to simplify ocean trade and reduce the unnecessary delays in maritime traffic announced a new rule i.e. FAL Convention which is mandated from April 2020. IMO has declared it mandatory for governments to facilitate digitization in ports to simplify shipping operations. This is a welcome measure as Maritime trade involves complex processes. The ship’s crew has to submit several forms and acquire certificates thereby extending multiplying the waiting time of ships waiting to reach the port.

To facilitate ease of form submissions and process simplification, CODEX, a robust EDI based digital exchange platform comes handy to facilitate the declaration of forms, issuance, and approval of certificates as well as facilitate data exchange between different stakeholders. Also, it can be integrated with any Port Community System (PCS), Port Operating System (POS) and even Terminal Operating System (TOS). Therefore, CODEX is a holistic solution to stay in line with the FAL Convention guidelines to accelerate your operations.


Perks of Using CODEX to Ensure e-FAL Compliance

  • Single Window for all data pertinent to FAL
  • Easy & Instant Access to Critical Information for public authorities
  • Single Window
  • Reduces Administrative Burdens and Increase Efficiency
  • Ready to Use Built-On Modern Technology & Hosting

Thought Leadership

The logistics industry, as per industry estimates, has been projected to be worth $15.5 trillion by 2023, with growth prospects to sustain thereafter.

News & Views

CODEX goes Mobile: Kale launches an integrated Mobile App for Accelerating Container Throughput

Client Speaks

“This is a pioneering initiative in enabling ease of business, and following the honorable Prime Minister’s initiative of “Digital India”[…]


Mr. S. Anantha Chandra Bose – Chairman, V.O. Chidamabaranar (Tuticorin) Port Trust