Category Archives: Rail/Road

Russia & India to ink MoU for rail cargo traffic

Russian rail monopoly RZD and Indian Railways will sign a memorandum to set up a joint operator of rail cargo traffic via the North-South corridor, informed Alexander Misharin, First Deputy Director General, RZD. He named traffic via the North-South corridor among the priorities for cooperation between the two companies. “We plan to sign a memorandum of agreement on developing cooperation with Indian Railways, which includes design and supplies of dispatch control systems, automated systems, creating a joint operator, study and preparation of documents to organise joint agreements on cargo traffic,” he said. The North-South international transport corridor is aimed at transporting cargo from India and Persian Gulf countries to western and northern Europe via Iran, Azerbaijian and Russia. The corridor’s main advantage is that the delivery will be two or three times faster than via other routes. Initially, the side plan to transport five million tonnes annually, and the volume may be doubled in the future.

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DHL Express opens first service centre in Aurangabad

Marking the 14th facility in Maharashtra DHL Express has inaugurated a new service centre in Aurangabad. RS Subramanian, Country Manager, DHL Express India, said, “Aurangabad is a burgeoning trade hub for start-ups and small and medium enterprises. Our new facility is poised for this growth and will help us facilitate seamless business for our customers, who can rely on us to reach international markets. This reaffirms our commitment towards being key trade enablers.” Strategically located on Beed bypass, the new 2700 sqft facility will cover an area of 300 sqkm surrounding key industrial hubs, including old and new Aurangabad, Chikalthana MIDC, Shendra MIDC, Chittegaon MIDC and Waluj MIDC. Customers will benefit from the service center by saving at least one day on overall shipment transit time. The new facility aims to enable and facilitate trade in Aurangabad, which is emerging as a strong manufacturing base and a prominent location for the IT sector. In addition, it will extend support to industries such as automotive, pharmaceuticals, electronics and engineering.

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Celebi launches bonded trucking from Ahmedabad to Delhi

Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India, in collaboration with OM Logistics and GSEC, Ahmedabad Airport, have commenced a dedicated bonded trucking from Ahmedabad to Celebi Terminal Delhi IGI Airport, after the successful launch at Kanpur, Ludhiana, Noida SEZ and Pithampur SEZ1 & SEZ2. The objective is to provide their customers a possibility to move air cargo in an efficient, safe, process driven and cost effective manner. Bonded trucking is relatively a new concept in India and Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal has taken a step forward to start a hub & spoke project. This bonded trucking service will open tremendous opportunities to airlines to solicit business from stations that are offline. Ramesh Mamidala, CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India, stated, “Now cargo from Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Surat, Vadodra and even Indore can be custom cleared at GSEC facility at Ahmedabad Airport and sent to Delhi Airport daily. We hand pick our logistics partners and manage every aspect of the service for commitment, on time performance and transparency to guarantee quality of service to our customers.” “After Ahmedabad, we plan to start bonded trucking from Indore, Jaipur, Durgapur, Pune, Agra, Moradabad and Rishikesh – Roorky belt in 2018. Besides starting temperature-controlled road transport to Delhi from Indore and Ahmedabad, speed, safety and security are the key words that identify our air cargo road bonded service,” added Mamidala.

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Mahindra Logistics acquires stake in ShipX

Mahindra Logistics has announced the acquisition of a strategic stake in Transtech Logistics, also known as ShipX. ShipX is a SAAS (Software as a Service) based Transport Management Solution (TMS) platform that serves the supply chain automation needs for 3PLs, shippers and transporters. Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO, Mahindra Logistics, said, “Logistics in future will be more technology driven; both in terms of our own operations, as well as interfaces with our customers and business partners. With our asset light business model, we are already like a ‘platform’. The strengthening of our relationship with Shipx opens up a new opportunity to take this to the next level.”

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Eicher to supply 350 heavy duty trucks to Bangladesh

Eicher Trucks & Buses has bagged an order for 350 heavy duty trucks from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). BRTC has bought 350 units of Eicher 20.16, which is a 16 tonnes GVW haulage truck. Keeping customer profitability in mind, the Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics. This development will further drive VECV’s vision of modernising the commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh. The delivery of the order is expected to take place within eight months.

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Adani and NYK join hands for enhancing rail logistics

Adani Logistics (ALL) have signed an agreement with NYK Auto Logistics India (NALI) to form a joint venture which specialises at strengthening finished vehicles transportation service network in India. Automobile sector is witnessing rapid growth. Loading activity in this sector increased by 16 per cent in 2017-18. This growth, coupled with government of India’s focus on promoting alternative means of transportation to reduce carbon footprint, increasing demand of transporting vehicles through rail mode is gaining traction. The JV company will participate in AFTO Policy of Ministry of Railways and offer its automobile freight trains for transporting vehicles across India in more efficient manner and will contribute towards green India.

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Eicher Trucks & Buses drives modern technology with two new heavy-duty trucks

Eicher Trucks & Buses has introduced two new heavy-duty trucks, taking its vision of modernising commercial transportation further. Riding on the success of its Pro 6000 series, the company launched two new technologically superior trucks – Eicher Pro 6049 and Eicher Pro 6041 in the 49 tonnes and 41 tonnes categories respectively. The new tractor trailer – Eicher Pro 6049 has been designed to deliver optimum performance and peak power at 250 HP keeping customer profitability in mind. It manifests the prowess of the Eicher Pro 6000 series and offers a refined trucking experience with the superior VEDX BS IV SCR engine, newly designed ergonomics and robust Eicher aggregates for best in-class fuel efficiency. Eicher Pro 6041 is India’s first 41 tonnage rigid haulage truck and offers a payload advantage of 3.5 tonnes over a 37-tonnage truck. The vehicle is powered by VEDX8 engine, which is the biggest and the most fuel-efficient engine available in the category. The product is a revolutionary breakthrough in the trucking industry, to meet growing demand in high value applications.

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Now, book trucks online with Celebi

Celebi has recently launched CargoCEL Truck app for online booking of bonded and non-bonded trucking services. This user-friendly interface not only provides instant online booking and confirmation but also offers real-time visibility of the shipment. It is a comprehensive call free solution which manages bookings through dashboard. The app has features like track and trace, first mile and last mile services, SMS and email alerts and online transaction through payment gateway. The app can book truck for PAN India destinations with economic transit cost. Ramesh Mamidala, CEO, Çelebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India, said “Our customers can now book online the bonded and non-bonded trucks for their cargo by logging on to www.cargoceltruck.in. This app will facilitate customers to smartly organise their bookings, save cost, real-time visibility and in future pay online too.” Mamidala adds, “Currently, Celebi is operating bonded trucks from Kanpur and Ludhiana. We plan to increase it to 10 stations by end of this year.” Sanjiv Edward, CCO, DIAL, said “The initiative of Celebi to consolidate customers on a single platform for a reliable bonded / non-bonded booking for trucks is highly appreciated and DIAL will fully support to make it a success.” Akash Bansal, Executive Director, Om Logistics, said, “We are long term partners with Celebi for any trucking requirements and are willing to provide a customised solution to make it a value preposition for all  stakeholders in business.”

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E-way bill is a positive development for the logistics industry: Kanwar

Raaja Kanwar, Managing Director, Apollo Logisolutions, says, “The E-way bill will play an essential role in setting a unified benchmark for business across the country. In the logistics industry, it is imperative to have proper systems, processes and procedures for the movement of goods. Logistics business faces a lot of issues with respect to offsite cargos and return of goods. With the implementation of the E-way bill, the process will become more transparent and smooth. We sensed the importance and significance of the growing technology, including the E-way bill, and are ready to leverage the opportunity for our clients. Though the implementation will take some time, this is a much-needed initiative which aims to safeguard self-sustaining tax administration with increased dependence on self-reporting.”

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Chabahar Port: Sharing accessibility to hinterland

The Indo-Iran Joint Business Seminar, focussing on Chabahar Port opportunities in Free Zone and Transit Corridors, was held in the capital recently to update all the stakeholders about developments happening at Chabahar port and investment opportunities available in transport and logistics sector. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India spoke about the initiatives taken by the Government of India to enhance bilateral cooperation in the maritime sector. Dr. Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi, Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Islamic Republic of Iran talks about crossing corridors from Iran which connects India to the international markets, i.e. Nort-South which connects India to Russia, Caucasus & CIS, South-West which connects India to Europe and India-Iran-Afghanistan which is connecting India to Afghanistan from Chabahar (road) or from Bandar Abbas (railroad).

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