DP World, a leading global provider of smart end-to-end supply chain, has launched a new double-stack freight train facility to improve efficiencies and connectivity between its inland terminal at Ahmedabad and the Mundra port. The maiden train was flagged off from Mundra in early April with a full payload.
The double stack train service will further boost the connectivity of Ahmedabad and will drive better efficiency and significantly lower the overall logistics cost for cargo movement on the route even with fewer rakes, owing to the lower haulage rates and lesser or zero port ground rent (PGR) resulting from the faster evacuation of containers from the port.
Speaking on the launch of the new service, Adhendru Jain, CEO Rail and Inland Terminal, DP World Subcontinent said, “Robust infrastructure and efficient logistics are crucial for boosting economic growth and exports. We are committed to strengthening our supply chain and enabling seamless connectivity to help our customers move their goods quickly and reliably to global and domestic markets. The new double stacked rail freight service will boost cargo carrying capacity substantially and will open new markets for MSMEs in and around Gujarat by leveraging DP World’s world-class integrated multimodal logistics infrastructure.”
Situated about 40 km from Ahmedabad, DP World’s Ahmedabad Inland Terminal is well-connected to the state highway and the rail network. It has a container handling capacity of more than one lakh TEUs per annum, and it offers a host of services and features, including a customs-notified warehouse, inventory management services, and specialised equipment to handle steel cargo. The terminal follows global safety standards and offers several value-added features such as a container repair facility and electronic weighbridges.