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Electric cargo vans by Mahindra and Mahindra

Mahindra and Mahindra has launched all-electric cargo and passenger vans under the brand name of ‘eSupro’ to serve primarily the business-to-business (B2B) segment. “The launch will usher in a whole new concept in emission-free cargo transportation and people movement. It will provide much-needed fillip to companies in the B2B and e-commerce segment,” said Pravin Shah, President and Chief (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra. The car-maker claimed that on a full charge, the new vehicles can run for up to 112 km, depending on load, and can achieve a top speed of 60 km per hour.

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Sri Lanka invites Indian companies to develop ports

Sri Lanka has invited Indian companies to participate in its port development projects and other infrastructure building programmes. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister, Sri Lanka has discussed the prospects of Indian companies in building two to three Ports in Sri Lanka in his meeting with Nitin Gadkari, Union Shipping and TransPort Minister. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister wants Indian companies to develop a few Ports in Sri Lanka including Colombo Port. Gadkari conveyed his willingness to partner and cooperate in developing their Port and other infrastructure, a Road TransPort Ministry official informed. Indian subcontinent is playing a vital role in the business of Colombo Port accounting for 70 to 75 per cent of its trans-shipment business. Earlier, Gadkari had said that India is set to build a sea-bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka and the Asian Development Bank is ready to fully finance a bridge building project connecting Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka.

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Government mulls container trains import-export cargo

Concerned over falling exports, the Indian government is planning container trains for import-export cargo. The first step will be to cut down the time taken to move freight traffic. Travelling from Delhi to Mumbai by Rajdhani takes 16 hours but when it comes to a container train, the same journey takes three times longer which increases the cost and makes it uncompetitive. The Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor, once ready, will cut the travel time drastically. But that will take another three years. Studies have shown that it costs almost the same to move goods from Punjab to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and from Mumbai to China. That gives a huge advantage to exports from Thailand or Malaysia, which are not just closer to China but have lower costs. The government is looking at ways to make transport costs much more competitive. A timetable will fix responsibility and ensure that trains don’t remain parked at a station for hours to push passenger trains.

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Government begins river-transport project with eight waterways

The shipping ministry has acknowledged 37 of the recently notified 106 inland waterways to develop them for transport of cargo and passengers in the next two to three years. These include rivers in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Assam and West Bengal. “Eight of these waterways have high potential and are financially viable for development. We have already initiated works for developing these waterways. The rest will be taken up in the next two phases,” said, Amitabh Verma, Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

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Lufthansa Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo now under one roof for Hong Kong ground handling

As a step of the joint business agreement between Lufthansa Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo, the air cargo carrier has moved its local freight handling into the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal (CPCT) in Hong Kong. The move took effect on October 1. This benefits customers of both carriers, with one single location for export drop-off and import delivery arrangements. As part of the JBA, both cargo carriers are working closely together on network planning, as well as sales, IT and service enhancements, and plan to transport the first shipment under the cooperation framework from February 1, 2017 – initially from Hong Kong to Europe. The ability to also book eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong will then follow in 2018. The joint activities will be carried out in full compliance with all applicable laws, including the competition rules of the European Union and Hong Kong.

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Mergers & acquisition enhances the industry

Commenting on how merger and acquisitions are beneficial for the logistics industry, Manish Gupta, Managing Director, RCPL Logistics, says, “It is going to be good for the industry. These new acquisitions will bring more advanced technology, more creativity and will improve the competitive position. We have so many restrictions in the Indian logistics industry; merger and acquisitions with the foreign companies will bring some change in the working culture. The combination of technology and funds will improve the quality of business in India.

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Weekly LCL service from Atlanta to Nhava Sheva, Mumbai begins from October 9

CaroTrans has announced a new direct weekly LCL service from Atlanta to Nhava Sheva, India. This service is aimed to address increased demand from the U.S. Southeast and Gulf regions. The service offers 38 days transit times from the Gulf and 33 days from Southeast. At destination, shipments are securely handled and deconsolidated by Globelink WW India (CaroTrans’ dedicated partner) which provides full India market penetration serviced from 15+ inland container depots. “Flexible, direct LCL services provide logistics service providers with secure, consistent transportation options to serve the varying needs of their customers. We’re committed to delivering reliable U.S.-India trade LCL services,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, CEO.

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Emirates SkyCargo transports 288 tonnes of perishables to the Gulf

Earlier in September, Emirates SkyCargo deployed three dedicated freighter flights, two from Thiruvananthapuram and one from Kochi, transporting more than 288 tonnes of perishables to the Middle East especially for the Onam celebrations in the region. The perishables included all kinds of vegetables, different varieties of fruits including bananas and banana leaves. The majority of the shipment was headed to Dubai; the perishables also reached other destinations in the Gulf region including Bahrain, Doha, Kuwait, Dammam, Muscat and Jeddah. Emirates SkyCargo has witnessed a steady growth in the export of cargo from Kerala over the years. In 2015-16, the carrier helped export over 29,000 tonnes of cargo, a growth of 8.7 per cent from 2014-15.

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Allcargo’s Transindia Logistics starts operations from October 3 at CWC’s CFS in Gujarat

Transindia Logistics, part of Allcargo Logistics has bagged the contract to manage and operate Central Warehousing Corporation’s (CWC) Container Freight Station (CFS) in Mundra, Gujarat. The CFS facility is located in close proximity to an existing CFS operated by Allcargo. With 40 acres of sprawling space, Transindia is poised to transform the way operations are conducted in Mundra. Adarsh Hegde, Joint Managing Director, Allcargo Logistics, said, “Our growth strategy for CFS business lead to the acquisition of Transindia Logistics a few years ago. We are glad to expand our operations with our second facility in Mundra, which is set to transform the business scenario. Coupled with the highest safety and security standards, our customers can expect speedy turnaround, expertise in handling business operations in the western region of India hereon.”

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AISATS Coolport begins trial operations

Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS) commenced trial operations of India’s first integrated on-airport perishable cargo handling centre, ‘AISATS COOLPORT’, at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB). The state-of-the-art, 11,000 sq. meter facility will meet the ever-increasing demands and handling requirements of temperature-sensitive cargo and will further enhance the state of Karnataka’s status as the pharmaceutical and perishables hub of India. The facility, with a handling capacity of 40,000 tonnes per annum, will cater to an extensive range of perishable commodities such as pharmaceutical products, fruits, vegetables, poultry, sea food and flowers. It is customised to offer the most comprehensive cold storage solutions with 17 dedicated cold rooms with adjustable temperatures ranging from – 25OC to + 25OC. It is designed as a one stop shop to facilitate the import and export processes of the air cargo industry. The integrated facility will house a state-of-the-art drug controller lab as well as a plant quarantine inspection and certification office. It will be supplemented by temperature controlled queue lanes for unitised shipments and cool trollies to ensure integrity of the cool chain from AISATS COOLPORT to the aircraft and vice versa.

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