PSA India has launched a new direct southern rail connection linking PSA Mumbai to the city of Cochin in Southwestern India, another innovative rail multimodal solution initiated by the PSA India team.
This multimodal solution was established to service the needs of one of our customers, a major Indian paper importer. The maiden rail freight service carried 40 FEUs (forty-foot equivalent units) of cargo from PSA Mumbai to the India Gateway Terminal (IGT) in Cochin, thus creating a new sea-rail-road mode of transport to move cargo directly to the end factory instead of transporting cargo via sea to Cochin, reducing the transit time from around 70 days to 40 days from the port of origin in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In addition, the new service provides a comprehensive suite of services – from rail booking and the transportation of Direct Port Delivery (DPD) boxes from PSA Mumbai to our customer’s factory, and returning the destuffed empty containers to PSA Mumbai before trucking to an empty container depot at Nhava Sheva.
PSA India has continuously been developing key rail corridors between north and central India and PSA Mumbai. The new rail connections have been introduced at a time when many companies are opting for more environmentally sustainable transport solutions, shifting cargo to rail to lower their carbon emissions.