In the month of June, Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (PSA Mumbai) in India, achieved a new milestone in rail volumes, handling 13,601 TEUs alongside 111 rakes and surpassing the previously set record of 11,450 TEUs and 94 rakes.

As a result of the increase in volumes, PSA Mumbai’s rail market share within Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) terminals increased from an average of 13.5% to 20%. PSA Mumbai’s own throughput rail share also increased from 13% to 22%.

PSA Mumbai’s import-driven rail market also saw an increase in exports transported by rail instead of via road for the first time, with rail’s share of transport increasing from an average of 38% to 52% in the month of June. This is consistent with the trade’s increasing shift from road towards rail in India, which has greater resilience to counter the challenges faced by the supply chain amid the COVID-19 restrictions.

This latest milestone was achieved on the back of the July 2019 agreement for inter-terminal haulage of mixed train boxes within JNPT terminals, whereupon seamless transfers by PSA Mumbai contributed to a steady increase in rail volumes handled.

The increased rail volumes are also a testament to PSA Mumbai’s sustained efforts to develop and enhance new rail service routes and products by working alongside customers and stakeholders. This includes opening up new routes from PSA Mumbai to new Inland Container Depots (ICD) such as in Hazira and Dahej, offering services like empty container repositioning to ICDs, dedicated weekly trains to key ICDs, and railing of re-consolidated import boxes from Container Freight Stations to ICDs.

Source:- Daily Shipping Times