DP World and CMA CGM create new milestone; launch maiden Block Train between Mundra and Panipat

Block Train

Dubai-based DP World and shipping-major CMA CGM have jointly received their maiden Block Train from Mundra, Gujarat to DP World PFT (ICD) Panipat, Haryana. This is seen as a major collaboration between two global companies to serve India’s hinterland.

The fully loaded 90-TEU train, which is the first block train by a shipping line, was flagged off from Mundra port on 27th February 2021. The service was received in the presence of representatives from DP World and CMA CGM India.

This weekly block train service aims to 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 minimize waiting time at the Port as well as plan their cargo movements effectively. The train will depart Mundra Port on Saturday/Sunday.

Atit Mahajan, General Manager – CMA CGM India said, “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 optimize the current transit time and help our customers expand their business while reducing their CO2 emissions.”

The CMA CGM Group is an industry pioneer offering customized, 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.

DP World has also created an extensive network of logistics assets in India including Express & Third-Party Logistics Services, Port Terminals, Container Freight Stations, Rail Services, Inland Rail Terminals, Cold Chain, Free Trade Zones, Freight Forwarding and Feeder Services. The company 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.

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.”

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