Smart container logistics platform Matchlog raises $3 mn in pre-Series A funding from Blue Ashva, Rainmatter, Capital-A

MatchLog, a digital-first container logistics optimisation platform, has raised US$3 million in its pre-series A round through Blue Ashva Capital, a leading Singapore and India-based VC, Rainmatter Climate, and Bangalore based early-stage investor Capital-A.

The capital raised will be deployed to develop the tech platform further for AI and ML based pairing of cargo across India and grow the multimodal share in addition to road transport, and also expand footprint to more ports in India and around the world.

Commenting on the fundraise, Dhruv Taneja, Founder, MatchLog said, “I am glad to partner with marquee investors like Blue Ashva and Raimatter who value and share the same passion of solving the global problem of carbon emission which is our main mission at Matchlog. We will start with India and then expand to the Middle East, Africa and South East Asian markets in the next 12-18 months. At MatchLog, our mission is to reduce at least 100 million tonnes of carbon through our platform in the coming five years.”

MatchLog says it is the first company in India that offers at scale the ability to turnaround a container from an import to export cycle, thereby eliminating unnecessary empty runs to and from the container yards. MatchLog’s work results in significant fuel savings and directly contribute to the decarbonisation goals of the shipping industry. In 2021 alone, MatchLog saved 1 m + kgs of carbon emission through its efforts.

Over more than two years of its existence, the company has achieved tremendous customer support and notes top exporters and importers of India among its customer base. MatchLog has also been able to develop strategic inroads with leading custom house agents, freight forwarders and transporters that ensures higher adaptability and acceptance by the trade at large.

Today, when a shipping container comes into the country, it is de-stuffed at the importer’s location and brought back empty to the container yard in order to close the import cycle for the shipping line. These empty containers are again picked up from the yards and brought to the exporter’s location for stuffing and finally loaded on to the ship for export. There are multiple redundant legs in the trip and a lot of fuel and time are wasted carrying empty containers to the yard and back. In India alone, there are more than 17 million empty trips annually leading to more than US$2 billion worth of fuel wastage and 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

Satya Bansal, Founder, Blue Ashva Capital said, “Decarbonisation is one of the key foci of the shipping industry globally. Efficient turnaround of containers and reduction of empty haulage can bring efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. We’re excited to work with the MatchLog team to contribute our part in making the shipping industry more sustainable.”

Sameer Shisodia, CEO at Rainmatter said, “At Rainmatter, we’re always happy to support technology and efforts that can help make a large dent in the climate problem we’re all staring at. Shipping and logistics is a huge part of the emissions puzzle globally, and Matchlog has taken on the problem of reducing inefficiencies and the footprint inherent in these operations today. As their reach scales and there is creased visibility intelligence around shipping and logistics, we are excited by the huge optimisation possibilities, both economic as well as ecological, this creates for supply chains.”

Ankit Kedia, Founder, Capital-A said, “MatchLog has built a landmark algorithm of triangulation by leveraging their extensive domain knowledge and experience. This will bring in tremendous efficiencies in the outbound and inland logistics across India. Further, the sustainable reverse logistics mechanism built by them would also lead to major reduction in carbon emissions and support green transportation. The Indian logistics sector, especially areas such as container movement, has been traditionally held back due to the lack of adequate technology. And now, companies like MatchLog are helping overcome such challenges. They have built an excellent platform that would make a major positive impact on the EXIM logistics, and we are glad to support them in this endeavour.”

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