As part of the trial runs for the trans-shipment of cargo to the North Eastern states using Chattogram and Mongla ports to boost connectivity between the two sides further, CJ Darcl Logistics Ltd. flagged off cargo ships to the region.
Cargo ships are scheduled to follow Kolkata – Chattogram – Sheola & Tamabil – Chattogram – Kolkata route as part of the trial run. They were flagged off on September 3.
This is part of a bilateral agreement signed in October 2018 for the transit of goods from India via Chattogram and Mongla ports in Bangladesh (ACMP).
The cargo, Steel TMT bars, for the container ships are for Tata Steel Ltd.
The vessel (Trans Samundera) was flagged off by Vinit Kumar, IRSEE- Chairman SMPK (Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata.
The trial run is expected to lead the way for regular movement of cargo via Bangladesh ports to India’s Northeastern region, which will help in lowering transportation costs and developing infrastructure in the port region including the creation of direct and indirect employment.
CJ Darcl is at the forefront of nation building and becoming a leader in the transportation sector. This shipment of cargo will provide the right learning and ecosystem to develop long term strategy for us to deliver goods in the most efficient way and help the infrastructure development along the routes in India and Bangladesh.”~ RL Agarwal, Joint MD, CJ Darcl Logistics
We are happy to be part of this landmark trial run for cargo shipment through Bangladesh. This will pave its way to much needed faster and cheaper transportation options between Kolkata and NE states in India. We are happy to be the logistics partners for this imitative.”~ Ishant Agarwal, President, CJ Darcl Logistics
The vessel is expected to return to Chattogram port within 3 days of its departure. Post unloading, the goods will be sent to the state of Assamby road through the Sheola land port in Sylhet.
India is eager to begin regular transits between Kolkata and key cities in its northeastern states through ports in Bangladesh as it would cut the 1,200 km distance by about half.