APM Terminals Mumbai (Gateway Terminals India – GTI) has announced a new rail service to reposition empty containers.
The move comes to meet growing market demand and prevent congestion across the line that can lead to reduced equipment availability due to longer turn times for empty boxes.
The new service is available for shipping lines, inland container depots (ICDs) and container freight stations (CFS) and will be launched based on customer needs.
Under the new setup, shipping lines and customers will be able to reposition their empty inventory by rail from the container terminal to inland depots, from depots to the terminal, or even between individual depots via the terminal.
The new solution aims to provide greater visibility of the location of the inventory and allow better planning of the supply chain by customers.
APMT stated that new rail product is targeted at local terminals as well as business across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and the broader region.
“We see growing demand from our diverse customer base for solutions going beyond conventional services a container terminal would normally offer,” said Girish Aggarwal, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals Mumbai.
“This includes increased focus on landside transportation, but also products ensuring better and faster equipment availability.”
“With this new product we want to help our customers organise their logistics better, while reducing the pressure on roads and therefore also improving safety.”