The first block train, loaded with 44 FEU of fresh fruit imports, ran from PSA Mumbai and arrived at Concor’s Inland Container Depot (ICD) Whitefield Terminal in Bengaluru within 35 hours, much quicker than the typical truck journey of 3 to 4 days. Following the success of this solution, further block trains have been rolled out. PSA Cargo Solutions and IG are also exploring the possibility of replicating this solution to other markets such as Delhi.
Because of the modal shift from road to rail, IG has achieved significant cost and time savings, as well as a marked reduction in their carbon footprint. The solution also enabled them to realise their decade-long vision of moving their fresh produce by rail.
The solution has also helped shipping lines reduce the costs of repositioning the reefers from Mumbai to the larger export markets – costs they would have to incur should the fruits be moved via trucks.
PSA Cargo Solutions has also facilitated the direct loading of reefers from the trailers to train, eliminating the need for them to be offloaded to the yard and having to be plugged in to reefer points. By deploying all 45 trailers simultaneously, PSA Cargo Solutions ensured minimal waiting time at the rail terminal and reduced further costs for IG.
“We would like to extend our special thanks to PSA Cargo Solutions for helping us realise our decade-long vision of moving our fresh produce by rail. What everyone said was impossible was made possible with your dedication, innovative solution and hard work. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with PSA Cargo Solutions.”
– Tarun Arora, Director at IG International Group