Maersk will run the rail service connecting the ceramics exporters in Morbi via Maliya to Port Pipavav every ten days and help the shippers connect to the Gulf, African and European markets.
APM Terminals Pipavav, with its strategic location, is strengthening itself as the port of choice for connecting exporters across the varied belts of the country. APM Terminals Pipavav recently received the new rail service started by Maersk and operated by PRCL that connects the exporters from the ceramics heartland of Morbi via Private Freight Terminal at Maliya.
The export cargo moved on a rail service is helping decongest roads and improving the speed-to-market by reducing the total transit time by 15%.
Mr Jakob Friis Sørensen, Managing Director, APM Terminals Pipavav, said, “The rail service also improves schedule reliability compared to road transportation and helps the exporters connect to their preferred ocean service without delays. With this new connection, APM Terminals Pipavav reinforces its offering as a reliable gateway for Gujarat’s tiles and ceramics market”
Mr Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, commented, “Now, with one for ceramics exporters, we have another feather in our hat.”
The rail service was inaugurated by Mr Sanjiv Garg, Managing Director – PRCL and Mr Amit Bharadwaj, Chief Commercial Officer – APM Terminals Pipavav, in the presence of representatives from Maersk, and other partners, including Aarya Ocean, CHAs, and several ceramic exporters and paper importers.