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CONCOR, BMCT ink deal to launch dedicated shuttle train services between Khatuwas and Jakhwada

Public Sector Undertaking, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) and Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCT)(fourth terminal at JNPT) have signed a joint agreement on 19th December to launch dedicated shuttle train running between BMCT and CONCOR’s Rail Transshipment Hubs(RTH) at Khatuwas and Jakhwada. The MoU envisages the duo to consolidate containers railed between BMCT and North and West of India. BMCT will designate the Kathuwas and Jakhwada RTHs as BMCT’s inland extended gateways for North and West India whilst CONCOR will ensure competitive rail freight costs and transit times between BMCT and the RTHs in addition to providing competitive pre/on-carriage rail options. The aggregation of all North and West India-destined boxes onto a single train at BMCT in the gateway port of JNPT will enhance train utilization.

At the same time, CONCOR will also be given priority handling of its trains at BMCT. The speedy transhipment at CONCOR’s will also be given priority handling of its trains at BMCT. The speedy transhipment at CONCOR’s RTH will ensure boxes reach their destination on time. The end result is that shipping lines using BMCT’s rail terminal can enjoy a higher service level overall at a much more competitive cost.

COCNOR and BMCT will also provide two further enhancements to the service offering. Firstly, Dronagari Rail Terminal(DRT) will be designated as a Direct Port Delivery point for longer stay import boxes, removing traffic from the roads and providing a more effective evacuation option. Secondly, BMCT will work in partnership with CONCOR to offer shipping lines domestic repositioning of their empty containers, a service currently not available at terminals in JNPT due to the lack of capacity. All the stakeholders are kindly requested to make best use of this synergy of two leading players of the logistic sector i.e. CONCOR and PSA. Close on heels of BMCT deal, CONCOR on 13th Dec has signed an MoU with state government of Andhra Pradesh(AP) in the presence of the state chief minister shri N Chandra Babu Naidu for setting up of an Integrated Logistics and Manufacturing Zone(ILMZ) at Machilipatnam at AP

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