mgX plans to operate one weekly train with 60 TEUs on every Saturday from Majerhat to Benapole
MGH conducted its second installment of a container train service from Kolkata to Benapole, with the shipment arriving on the early hours of Thursday morning.
The 15-wagon train with 30 containers is carrying FMCG goods, textile and raw material for cosmetics of multiple renowned exporters, said a press release.
Facilitated by mgX (India and Bangladesh), a subsidiary of MGH Group, CONCOR has operated the first Container Train which started from CONCOR’s terminal at Majerhat on July 25 and reached Benapole the next day.
Train service between the two countries finally came to fruition after a lengthy pursuit by both the governments, CONCOR & Indian Railways, Indian Customs, Bangladesh Railways, CCBL and MGH.
The service was a necessity for years due to rising bilateral trade between two countries, which in FY 2018-19 stood at $10.04 billion and had constraints of longer transit time, limited capacity of the sea, congestion at land routes and high airfreight costs.
“I would like to express my appreciation for the support that MGH has provided in execution of the first ever container train service for exports from India to Bangladesh,” said Sachit Dhawan of Proctor & Gamble.
“This helps us get the critical stocks needed for business in Bangladesh. The team has kept a close watch on local developments, provided on-ground intelligence and recommendations to P&G team during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he continued.
mgX carried goods of Procter & Gamble India Ltd, Arvind Textiles and Vardhman Textiles in 50 side open containers in the first shipment of its kind and ensured end-to-end transport solution from their respective factories in India till Benapole.
“Operating the first train with 50 containers within 48 hours was a remarkable achievement of team MGH at both the sides of the border, where support from Kolkata Customs, CONCOR Kolkata and Benapole Land Port and Benapole Customs was immense,” said Himanshu Pant, chief operating officer, MGH India.
This rail movement has opened doors to a fast and economical route for the traders in this lane, as an alternative for the traditional sea and road movement.
The rail solution included options for stuffing, custom clearance and last-mile delivery which made the overall process hassle-free for the exporters and importers.
mgX plans to operate one weekly train with 60 TEUs on every Saturday from Majerhat to Benapole.
The train will reach Benapole next day on Sunday with a transit time of less than 12 hours compared to 10-12 days of transit by Petrapole land port and 30 days of transit time via sea.
On seeing the efficiency of the new route and the growing opportunities that the trade-lane has to offer; the train shall now function regularly and shall complete the journey within a speedy 200 minutes period.