APM Terminals Mumbai (Gateway Terminals India – GTI) has announced the launch of a new rail service for empty container repositioning. The move is being made to accommodate rising market demand and to avoid line congestion, which could result in reduced equipment availability due to longer turn times for empty boxes. The new service will be made accessible to shipping lines, inland container depots (ICDs), and container freight stations (CFS) based on client demand.
Shipping lines and consumers will be able to move their empty containers by rail from the container terminal to inland depots, from depots to the terminal, or even between specific depots via the terminal under the new system. The new solution aims to provide greater visibility of the location of the inventory and allow better planning of the supply chain by customers. APMT stated that new rail product is targeted at local terminals as well as business across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and the broader region. “We see growing demand from our diverse customer base for solutions going beyond conventional services a container terminal would normally offer,” said Girish Aggarwal, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals Mumbai. “This includes increased focus on landside transportation, but also products ensuring better and faster equipment availability.” “With this new product we want to help our customers organise their logistics better, while reducing the pressure on roads and therefore also improving safety.”