Maersk has successfully transported 50 containers (TEUs or twenty foot equivalent units) of Coca-Cola Bangladesh beverages using the inland waterways of the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route, making it the first India-Bangladesh cross-border logistics of goods containerized.
The cargo traveled from Kolkata in India to a river port near Dhaka in Bangladesh on a barge on National Waterways 1 on the Indian side, Maersk has created a new opportunity for customers to use the faster inland waterway solution and more reliable linking the two of the countries.
“The Indo-Bangladesh protocol route has created great business opportunities for the two countries over the past decades. By advancing containerized transport on this route, we are expanding opportunities for importers and exporters in both countries with a faster, more reliable and safer option for their cargo,” said Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director of Maersk South Asia. , in a press release. .
Leveraging inland waterways or rivers for freight transport seems a more reliable option than the ocean, especially during the monsoon when turbulent weather is likely to cause delays. Inland waterways have proven to be a faster and more reliable option for shippers, while ocean networks are operating under capacity pressure. It is also a solution to address the bottleneck at the land border between the two countries.
“The barge’s maiden voyage was successfully executed where there was a significant reduction in transit time. The delivery schedule for the cargo, which was previously routed through the transshipment hub and then arrived in Chittagong and further to the destination, was severely affected by delays. The speed of delivery with the new solution offered by Maersk on inland waterways is going to be extremely beneficial for us”
Soumyendu Sen Sarma, Director – Finance, Coca-Cola Bangladesh Beverages
“Our solution for moving goods across the Indo-Bangladesh border saves over 60% in terms of transit time. In addition to the faster mode of transport, we are able to give end-to-end visibility to our customers through daily status reports, which give a comparison between estimated times and actual times. The negligible variations in these comparisons prove high reliability and have been highly appreciated by our customers,”
Angshuman Mustafi, director of Maersk Bangladesh.
Long encouraging trade between the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route, the governments of the two countries have recently strengthened customs processes to improve the ease of doing business.
Apart from benefiting trade between India and Bangladesh, the India-Bangladesh protocol route also extends the connection to landlocked Bhutan. With the ability to provide an integrated end-to-end logistics solution, Maersk customers can move their cargo from origin to destination using first and last mile services, including land transport by road or rail. , customs clearance, warehousing and distribution, supply chain management, etc.