DP World and CMA CGM join forces to serve India’s hinterland, launches first block train between Mundra and Panipat

Global logistics company DP World and CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, jointly received their maiden Block Train from Mundra, Gujarat to DP World PFT (ICD) Panipat, Haryana. This new service is the first block train by a shipping line between Mundra and Panipat.

The fully loaded 90-TEU train was flagged off from Mundra port on February 27, 2021. The service was received in the presence of representatives from DP World and CMA CGM India.

Dedicated connections between the Port of Mundra and the inland container depot of Panipat

The new weekly block train service will provide dedicated and seamless connection from Mundra Port to PFT (ICD) Panipat thereby, making customers’ cargo reach internal markets faster. With priority rail out option and fixed train schedule, customers will be able to minimise waiting time at the Port as well as plan their cargo movements effectively.

DP World committed to increasing the share of Rail Freight in India by promoting multimodal logistics. The company provides container train services connecting major cargo centers to gateway ports.

DP World continuously works towards providing bespoke solutions that enhance reliability and visibility of customers’ supply chains. The company has created an extensive network of logistics assets in India including express and third-party logistics services, port terminals, container freight stations, rail services, inland rail terminals, cold chain infrastructure, free trade zones, freight forwarding and feeder services.

DP World caters to end-to-end supply chain needs of customers across all kinds of storages, all modes of transportation and all types of bulk, domestic, EXIM, and temperature-controlled cargoes. Through its network of Port Terminals, CFSs and Inland Terminals, DP World covers almost 70% of EXIM and 30% of Domestic markets in India.

The CMA CGM Group is an industry pioneer offering customised, innovative and customer centric intermodal solutions for seamless continental connections. This new block train service is another example of the Group’s commitment to offering its Indian customers the best service, wherever they are located in the country.

CMA CGM is developing sustainable door-to-door solutions to allow its customers to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of their transported goods. Compared to cargo movement via truck, the block train option reduces CO2 emissions by up to 67%.

Present in India for more than 30 years, the CMA CGM Group employs 4,700 staff members in the country. It connects India to the rest of the world with 12 services making 12 calls weekly.

Ranadhir Reddy, CEO, Rail & PFT, Subcontinent, DP World said, “At DP World, it is our constant endeavors to offer bespoke solutions to our customers to solve their supply chain challenges and support their strategic growth ambitions. Our pan India network provides seamless connectivity, that helps customers connect their cargo to global markets as well as across India’s vast hinterland. Through our investments, we are committed to enhance India’s rail freight share and offer trade solutions using multimodal logistics.”

“We thank CMA CGM India for partnering with us and trusting in our capabilities to offer Block Train Solutions to their customers. We operate three ICDs in North Region that cater to NCR market. This gives us a unique competitive advantage to provide reliable service as well as reduce empty repositioning cost, thereby lowering logistics cost for customers and trade at large. Together with CMA CGM, we will work towards strengthening this product further, thus enabling trade and helping customers expand their businesses.”

Atit Mahajan, Managing Director, CMA CGM India declared, “We are pleased to be the first shipping line to offer a block train service between Mundra and Panipat in collaboration with DP World. This service is the 10th dedicated block train service being operated by the CMA CGM Group in India. The Group has an extensive network of connected maritime services and intermodal facilities which has been strategically developed over a period of time to best suit the requirements of our customers.”

“This service will provide a dedicated and direct loop from port to ICD, which will optimise the current transit time and help our customers expand their business while reducing their CO2 emissions.”  

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