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India-Bangladesh trial run of cargo ship flagged off

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KOLKATA : As part of the trial runs for the trans-shipment of cargo to the North Eastern states using Chattogram and Mongla Ports to further boost connectivity between the two sides, CJ Darcl Logistics, a leading logistic solutions provider in India, flagged off cargo ships to the region.

Cargo ships are scheduled to follow Kolkata – Chattogram Sheol & Tamabil- Chattogram -Kolkata route as part of the trial run. They were flagged off on September 3. This is part of a bilateral agreement signed in October 2018 for the transit of goods from India via Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh (ACMP). The cargo, Steel TMT bars, for the container ships are for Tata Steel Ltd.

The vessel (Trans Samundera) was flagged off by Vinit Kumar, Chairman, Kolkata Port or Syama Prasad. Mookerjee Port, Kolkata. The trial run is expected to lead the way for regular movement of cargo via Bangladesh ports to the Indian north-east region, which will help in lowering transportation costs and developing infrastructure in the port region including the creation of direct and indirect employment.

“This shipment of cargo will provide the right learning and ecosystem to develop a long-term strategy for us to deliver goods in the most efficient way and help the infrastructure development along the routes in India and Bangladesh,” RL Agarwal, Joint MD, CJ Darcl Logistics said.

“We are happy to be part of this landmark trial run for cargo shipment through Bangladesh. This will pave the way for much-needed faster and cheaper transportation options between Kolkata and NE states in India. We are happy to be the logistics partners for this imitative,” Mr. Ishant Agarwal, President, CJ Darcl Logistics said.

The vessel is expected to return to Chattogram port within 3 days of its departure. Post unloading, the goods will be sent to the state of Assembly road through the Sheola land port in Sylhet. India is eager to begin regular transits between Kolkata and key cities in its northeastern states through
ports in Bangladesh as it would cut the 1,200 KM distance by about half.

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