DFCCIL Seeks Logistics Collaboration with Amazon, Delhivery, and More

In a strategic move to leverage its newly developed infrastructure for cargo transportation, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL) has initiated discussions with a range of prominent e-commerce and logistics enterprises. Notable companies engaged in these talks include Amazon, Meesho, Delhivery, Blue Dart Express, and Shiprocket.

Shobhit Bhatnagar, Director (Operations & Business Development) at DFCCIL, emphasized the positive response received from these industry leaders following presentations outlining the advantages of the western dedicated freight corridor (WDFC).

DFCCIL’s collaboration with Amazon commenced last August with a trial service along the 659-kilometer freight route connecting Rewari to Palanpur, facilitating efficient shipment of customer packages between Haryana and Gujarat’s industrial hubs.

“We are currently running a service for small cargos with Amazon, which involves a single coach capable of transporting 18 tons per day. Plans are underway to expand this service significantly, aiming to operate 20 coaches per day in both directions,” stated Bhatnagar. Anticipating heightened demand post-completion of the Saphale to JNPT stretch by June next year, DFCCIL is committed to enhancing customer engagement and service efficiency.

Despite the full operationalization of the eastern dedicated freight corridor (EDFC) last month, a critical 109-kilometer segment of the WDFC remains under construction, integral to establishing direct connectivity between Mumbai and Delhi.

Acknowledging the profound impact of WDFC on transportation time and logistics costs, DFCCIL reported a nearly 50% reduction in container train transit from Western Indian ports to Delhi NCR. This achievement is attributed to the enhanced operational speeds (50–60 kmph) along both dedicated corridors compared to the standard railway tracks’ average speed of 25 kmph.

While the completion of WDFC’s final segment is eagerly awaited by industry stakeholders, efforts are underway to develop supporting facilities, implement software, and finalize logistical arrangements.

Email inquiries directed to Delhivery, Meesho, and Blue Dart yielded no responses, reflecting the cautious approach of logistics companies assessing the viability of transitioning cargo operations to dedicated freight corridors.

Commenting on the potential shift towards railway-based transportation, Harminder Sahni, founder and MD of Wazir Advisors, emphasized the cost-effectiveness of railways for bulk goods movement. However, some industry analysts remain skeptical, citing established transportation networks and the need for compelling economic incentives to drive a substantial industry shift.

As DFCCIL navigates the evolving logistics landscape, its engagement with industry leaders underscores a pivotal transition towards enhanced cargo transportation efficiency leveraging dedicated freight corridors.

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